To edge off
Edge Edge, v. i. 1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way. [1913 Webster]

2. To sail close to the wind. [1913 Webster]

I must edge up on a point of wind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{To edge away} or {To edge off} (Naut.), to increase the distance gradually from the shore, vessel, or other object.

{To edge down} (Naut.), to approach by slow degrees, as when a sailing vessel approaches an object in an oblique direction from the windward.

{To edge in}, to get in edgewise; to get in by degrees.

{To edge in with}, as with a coast or vessel (Naut.), to advance gradually, but not directly, toward it. [1913 Webster]


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  • To turn off — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set off — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To edge away — Edge Edge, v. i. 1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way. [1913 Webster] 2. To sail close to the wind. [1913 Webster] I must edge up on a point of wind. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To edge away} or {To edge off} (Naut.), to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To edge down — Edge Edge, v. i. 1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way. [1913 Webster] 2. To sail close to the wind. [1913 Webster] I must edge up on a point of wind. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To edge away} or {To edge off} (Naut.), to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To edge in — Edge Edge, v. i. 1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way. [1913 Webster] 2. To sail close to the wind. [1913 Webster] I must edge up on a point of wind. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To edge away} or {To edge off} (Naut.), to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To edge in with — Edge Edge, v. i. 1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this way. [1913 Webster] 2. To sail close to the wind. [1913 Webster] I must edge up on a point of wind. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To edge away} or {To edge off} (Naut.), to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set off against — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take the edge off something — to make a strong feeling less strong Aspirin will usually take the edge off the pain. The thought briefly took the edge off her enjoyment …   English dictionary

  • take the edge off something — phrase to make a strong feeling less strong Aspirin will usually take the edge off the pain. The thought briefly took the edge off her enjoyment. Thesaurus: to become, or to make something weakersynonym Main entry: edge * * * take the ˈedge off… …   Useful english dictionary

  • take the edge off — 1. To make less unpleasant or difficult 2. To weaken or diminish • • • Main Entry: ↑edge * * * reduce the intensity or effect of (something unpleasant or severe) the tablets will take the edge off the pain * * * take the edge off : to make… …   Useful english dictionary

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