Give some degree of latitude

What does "Give some degree of latitude" mean?

Today it means: A fair amount of freedom to act.

Latitude comes from the Latin latitude which mean breadth. In nautical terms it is a measurement North and South of the equator. Navigators have known roughly how to far South they are by measuring the height of the sun off the horizon and some clever tables; but it was never deadly accurate. There was always "a degree of latitude" or so out. Hence, today it means to stay close to the rules but you don't have to stick to them exactly.


By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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