Posted by Bruce Kahl on September 05, 2005
In Reply to: Darning the waters posted by Smokey Stover on September 05, 2005
: : I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE MEANING OF THE PHRASE" DARNING THE WATERS" I THINK IT MIGHT BE OF NAUTICAL ORIGIN.
: Are you sure it wasn't "damming the waters"? As you know, "darn" is frequently used as a eupemism for "damn," which is pronounced the same as "dam." SS
Darning the Water is the act of piloting a ship backwards and forwards while blockading a port or waiting for orders.