Flying Dutchman


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Flying Dutchman

n.
1. A spectral ship said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope.
2. The captain of this ship, a legendary Dutch mariner condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day.

Flying Dutchman

n
1. (European Myth & Legend) legend
a. a phantom ship sighted in bad weather, esp off the Cape of Good Hope
b. the captain of this ship
2. a type of dinghy, designed to be crewed by two people

Fly′ing Dutch′man


n.
1. a legendary Dutch ghost ship reportedly seen at sea, esp. near the Cape of Good Hope.
2. the captain of this ship, condemned to sail the sea until the Day of Judgment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Flying Dutchman - the captain of a phantom ship (the Flying Dutchman) who was condemned to sail against the wind until Judgment Day
apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, spectre, specter - a ghostly appearing figure; "we were unprepared for the apparition that confronted us"
2.Flying Dutchman - a phantom ship that is said to appear in storms near the Cape of Good Hope
fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow, apparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
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Tell him the one about the captain who went crazy and imagined he was the Flying Dutchman.
The said company being now relieved from further attendance, and the chief Barnacles being rather hurried (for they had it in hand just then to send a mail or two which was in danger of going straight to its destination, beating about the seas like the Flying Dutchman, and to arrange with complexity for the stoppage of a good deal of important business otherwise in peril of being done), went their several ways; with all affability conveying to Mr and Mrs Meagles that general assurance that what they had been doing there, they had been doing at a sacrifice for Mr and Mrs Meagles's good, which they always conveyed to Mr John Bull in their official condescension to that most unfortunate creature.
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She might have been the very Flying Dutchman, so foul, draggled, and unkempt was every rope and stick aboard.
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