Off and on

What does "Off and on" mean?

Today it means: Stop and go, not sure if its going to happen.

Getting into a port in the days of sail was always a long and frustrating affair when there was no engine to do the job. Instead, a ship would have to stand off in the offing to wait for either the tide or daylight and then stand on in turn with other vessels to get into port. This could happen several times before making it in so for sailors who had been at sea for a long time it was a frustrating situation.

See also: In the offing   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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