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 for To luff alee
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Luff \Luff\ (l[u^]f), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Luffed (l[u^]ft); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Luffing.]
     1. (Naut.) To turn the head of a vessel toward the wind; to
        sail nearer the wind; to turn the tiller so as to make the
        vessel sail nearer the wind.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Naut.) To flutter or shake from being aligned close to
        the direction of the wind; -- said of a sail.
        [PJC]
  
     To luff round, or To luff alee, to make the extreme of
        this movement, for the purpose of throwing the ship's head
        into the wind.
        [1913 Webster]

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