See how the land lies

What does "See how the land lies" mean?

Today it means: Find out when 'x' happens or when you get there.

Similar to "the lay of the land", sailors needed to observe the shape of the land i.e. a hill, river or mountain range, to find out where they were. Navigation was only ever a best guess so it was very important to "see how the land lies" to find out exactly where you were.

See also: Lay of the land   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              

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