Let fly

What does "Let fly" mean?

Today it means: Lash out, temper, angry outburst.

Onboard sailing ships the sails are controlled with sheets (ropes) and sometimes there would be occasions when they would have to be "let go" quickly i.e. when tacking the ship through the wind or in an emergency. Once the lines are "let fly" they flap around angrily, the sails make a lot of noise and the ship shakes until they are brought back under control again.

Lesser ships in the Navy would let fly the sheets in salute to the flagship as she passed her by.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



Reviews and comments

No reviews or comments on "Let fly" yet.
If you can see a problem or you want to add something to our explanation or you just want to let us know what you think, then click on the pen and papar icon above.

There are 423 other nautical phrases, sayings and sailing terms listed on this website today. "Let fly" is just one of them. Many have been around for years and have entered our everyday use; but do you know what they mean and where they came from? This is where you find out.

Nautical sayings and phrases

Why not use our sailing quiz to build your understanding of sailing terms and boat trivia whilst you tackle the questions designed to help you pass your next sailing course.

Try our Free Sailing Quiz

What does Let fly mean?

What is the nautical origin of the phrase "Let fly"?

Definition of the nautical phrase "Let fly".

SailingQuiz Works on: All platforms
Rated: 4 stars - 37 reviews.

Review SailingQuiz

Advertising for sailing professionals | SailingQuiz 0,