On the make

What does "On the make" mean?

Today it means: Usually, making money, some dodgy deal.

In nautical terms, the word make is to grow large or increase and is used in many nautical terms. Make sail, make way and make out are just a few of them. A sea getting rougher is said to be "on the make".

Note that a spur of land "makes out" into the sea.

See also: Make out  and: Making way 

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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