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on her (or its) beam ends

Definition of on her or its beam ends in English:

(Of a ship) heeled over on its side; almost capsized.
Example sentences
  • The ship was taken aback and thrown on her beam ends, in which situation she remained two hours.
  • Next day the vessel was discovered in a creek at Ulbster on her beam ends with the sea washing over her.
  • At daylight, the vessel was located on her beam ends, lying on her side where she had drifted.
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