Make out

What does "Make out" mean?

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The word "make" in nautical terms means to grow or increase and so a headland would make out into the sea. Other terms are make sail and make way (wake).

It explains how the odd term to "make something out" comes to be used but not when "make out" is used in a dating scenario.

See also: On the make  and: Making way 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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