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 for To edge off
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Edge \Edge\, v. i.
     1. To move sideways; to move gradually; as, edge along this
        way.
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     2. To sail close to the wind.
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              I must edge up on a point of wind.    --Dryden.
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     To edge away or To edge off (Naut.), to increase the
        distance gradually from the shore, vessel, or other
        object.
  
     To edge down (Naut.), to approach by slow degrees, as when
        a sailing vessel approaches an object in an oblique
        direction from the windward.
  
     To edge in, to get in edgewise; to get in by degrees.
  
     To edge in with, as with a coast or vessel (Naut.), to
        advance gradually, but not directly, toward it.
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