aback (Crossword)

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• (adv.) Toward the back or rear
• When the wind presses back on the sails
• Said of the sails when pressed by the wind
• By surprise; `taken aback by the caustic remarks`
• Having the wind against the forward side of the sails
• Aback is Massachusetts slang for at a standstill, going nowhere
• A boat is taken aback when the wind hits what was the leeward side
• So that the wind presses against the forward side of the sail or sails
• Surprised and disconcerted: I was taken aback by his harsh criticism

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