What does "cut by the jib" mean?

  1. Truckstop Sally profile image60
    Truckstop Sallyposted 7 years ago

    What does "cut by the jib" mean?

    And, use it in a sentence to describe yourself.

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    AnnaStephensposted 7 years ago

    Hi, the phrase as I know it is "The cut of your jib". It is a nautical term, the jib being a type of sail (I think).

    The phrase is usually "I don't like the cut of his jib" and means slovenly, messy, downright wrong - in the literal sailing definition, the sails are set incorrectly, or in the case of a person, there's something not right about him.

    Or at least, that's my understanding of the phrase.


  3. Wayne Brown profile image85
    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    Hey, I'm totally out of my field here but my guess would be that it  is a reference to the jib sail used in sailing resulting from the incredible efficiency of the jib sail to cut into the wind and make headway. WB