- A pebbly or sandy shore, especially by the sea between high- and low-water marks: fabulous sandy beachesMore example sentences
- Perhaps because of their preference for rocky shores, marine otters have never been found along the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Patagonian coasts.
- Lazy summer days are made to be spent on the gravel flats and sandy beaches along Northern California's Russian River.
- On the beach at Sandy Hook on the New Jersey shore one October there were hundreds of us assembled in the predawn hours, fishing for striped bass.
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- 1Run or haul up (a boat or ship) on to a beach: at the water’s edge a rowing boat was beachedMore example sentences
- The centreboards make it possible to beach the boats, trailer them and get them into very shallow water.
- When the ship was beached, the crew disappeared into the night.
- As the story goes, it was in May 1880 that five young yachtsmen beached their boat at Horseshoe Harbor in Larchmont, New York.
- 1.1(Of an angler) land (a fish) on a beach: he managed to beach a fine troutMore example sentences
- At last, after some twenty-five minutes, a stunning fish was beached: a fresh-run female steelhead of some fourteen or fifteen pounds.
- I was ready to beach the fish on the bar, which now stood clear of all but the biggest waves.
- I was very fortunate and beached ten sharks of between about 160 lbs and 290 lbs - all estimated weights by Terence, and he is not generous.
- 1.2 (also be beached) [no object] (Of a whale or similar animal) become stranded out of the water: we don’t know what causes whales to beachMore example sentences
- The frantic battle against the clock began when locals noticed a pod of whales beached on Aughacasla Strand, on the Dingle Peninsula, at around 10 am.
- Giant whale vertebrae lie beached and bleached on the shore like prehistoric, bone propellers.
- At the time 14 beaked whales became beached on the same day that U.S. Navy destroyers where engaged in a sonar exercise.
- 1.3Leave (someone) at a loss: competitive procurement seems to have beached several firmsMore example sentences
- Besides, if I was going to allow them to beach me, then this could well be my last chance to work at something that had any real meaning to me.
- Everyone else sells out quickly, leaving a beached shoal of unsold Barts.
- He has certainly beached Smith on the trade union question.
mid 16th century (denoting shingle on the seashore): perhaps related to Old English bæce, bece 'brook' (an element that survives in place names such as Wisbech and Sandbach), assuming an intermediate sense 'pebbly river valley'.