(nautical) To lower the topsail, in token of surrender; to yield.
1.with full force.
2.at full speed.
1. (archaic or poetic) with great strength, speed, or haste Word OriginC16, from a-² + main1Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1530s, from main (adj.) by analogy with other words in a- (e.g. afoot).
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