strike (v.)
[of sails] lower, take down [especially before a mightier vessel]
2H4 V.ii.18[Warwick to Lord Chief Justice] How many nobles then should hold their places / That must strike sail to spirits of vile sort! [i.e. submit]
3H6 III.iii.5[Queen to Lewis, of herself] Margaret / Must strike her sail and learn awhile to serve / Where kings command [i.e. humble herself]
3H6 V.i.52[Warwick to Richard] I had rather chop this hand off ... / Than bear so low a sail to strike to thee
R2 II.i.266[Northumberland to Ross and Willoughby] We see the wind sit sore upon our sails / And yet we strike not, but securely perish
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