To gain the wind

Related to To gain the wind: get wind of, got wind
(Naut.) to reach the windward side of another ship.

See also: Gain

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beest a man; take a turn round the back o' the hill to gain the wind on them; and when thous't got the weather-gage, thou mayst drive them before thee as gently as so many innocent lambs.''