teeth of the gale

teeth of the gale

[′tēth əvthə ′gāl]
(meteorology)
An old nautical term for the direction from which the wind is blowing (upwind, windward); to sail into the teeth of the gale is to sail to windward.
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Down into the trough we went, wallowing like the carcass of a dead whale, and then began the fight, with rudder and propellers, to force the Coldwater back into the teeth of the gale and drive her on and on, farther and farther from relentless thirty.
So the Pyrenees, with her cargo of fire, was hove to, bitting the teeth of the gale and fighting and smashing the pounding seas.
Scores from Michael Murphy (one '45), two frees from Patrick McBrearty and a point from play from Neil Gallagher, tied the game at 0-7 apiece and things looked ominous for the Kingdom as they were playing into the teeth of the gale.
Playing uphill into the teeth of the gale, Nuns trailed 10-3 at the interval, Dan O'Brien countering Liam Holder's early penalty but Henry Vaka slicing through for a converted try.
Despite playing into the teeth of the gale, Glasgow edged in front with a penalt y from Scotland star Finn Russell.
Davies slotted a conversion into the teeth of the gale, but those were to be the Blues' final points of the half as Treviso took a grip on proceedings.
Davies slotted a superb conversion into the teeth of the gale, but those were to be the Blues' final points of the half as Treviso took an increasing grip on proceedings.
In Bridle the Wind(83) the same lad, Felix, gets somewhat bored at an English school and encounters shipwreck and a devilish abbot as an antidote whilst in The Teeth of the Gale (88) he is thrust once more into a life and death situation of intrigue and mystery.
But Scotland played better into the teeth of the gale with replacement scrum-half Chris Cusiter, on for the hopelessly timid Mike Blair, galvanising them with his aggression and determination.
On a day that saw runners take a serious buffeting, the prominently ridden Corsican Boy bravely withstood the teeth of the gale and looked like being rewarded as opponents gradually cried enouS gh and dropped away.
In the teeth of the gale and shrouded in low cloud, it was an inhospitable place, to say the least.
And so, we rowed all the harder right into the teeth of the gale.