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Double

(To). To pass or sail round, as “to double the cape.” The cape (or point) is twice between the ship and the land. (French, doubler; Latin, duoplico.)

What capes he doubled, and what continent,
The gulfs and straits that strangely he had past.

Dryden: Ideas, stanza 1.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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