Dressed to the nines

What does "Dressed to the nines" mean?

Today it means: Smartly dressed, best suit and tie, very smart.

Naval ships returning to port would be "dressed overall" (bunting and flags) and have as many sailors as possible lined up on the nine primary yards (yardarms) in salute. the practice of dressing to the nines was often used when returning from a battle, meritorious action or notable voyage.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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