spanking breeze

1.(Naut.) a strong breeze.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Out of the Oakland Estuary I drifted on the last of an early morning ebb, caught the first of the flood up bay, and raced along with a spanking breeze. San Pablo Bay was smoking, and the Carquinez Straits off the Selby Smelter were smoking, as I picked up ahead and left astern the old landmarks I had first learned with Nelson in the unreefer Reindeer.
The doctor vigorously dilated the gas, and the Victoria resumed her flight, driven along by a spanking breeze.
A SPANKING breeze from the Rock Ferry shore made for some excellent competition in the Royal Mersey Yacht Club Regatta.