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Can someone give an example sentence using 'right the ship'?


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January 03, 2016 10:10PM

In this context the verb 'right' means 'to set right', to restore to a correct, frequently upright, position.

'The vessel was listing to starboard; the crew needed to right the ship.'

'We were close to capsizing, but were able to right the ship in time.'


This answer leaves out the fact that the expression is often used in a metaphorical sense. For example:

"Todd's life had been a downward spiral of drug abuse, until he made a concerted effort to right the ship."