Definition of miss stays in English:

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miss stays

(Of a sailing ship) fail in an attempt to go about from one tack to another.
Example sentences
  • Despite carrying topsails she misses stays when we try and come about and I am forced to wear ship.
  • In working out, the ship missed stays, and was driven amongst the rocks, where she was wrecked.
  • A vessel is said to miss stays when she fails to get through the wind whilst going about and ends up hung in irons.
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