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Weather-gage

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To get the weather-gage of a person. To get the advantage over him. A ship is said to have the weather-gage of another when it has got to the windward thereof.

“Were the line

Of Rokeby once combined with mine,

I gain the weather-gage of fate.”


Sir Walter Scott: Rokeby.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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