Brought up short

What does "Brought up short" mean?

Today it means: Found wanting, not enough.

From the practice of stopping a ship, either deliberately or by accident, by letting go (dropping) the anchor while still moving. This has a dramatic effect as the anchor bites as the ship shudders to a halt and probably swings violently. Not recommended! Also used when a vessel is anchored out of line when on review.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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