Le bateau fuyait face à la tempête.

English Translation

The ship scudded before a heavy gale.

Scudded sounds a bit obscure; but maybe I don’t read enough naval literature.


A good Scrabble word to know.

to move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind.

a few dark clouds scudded across the sky: speed, race, sail, streak, shoot, sweep, skim, whip, whizz, whoosh, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, career; hare, fly, wing, kite, skite, scurry, flit, scutter, hurry, hasten, rush; informal belt, scoot, scorch, tear, zap, zip; British informal bomb, bucket, shift; North American informal boogie, hightail, clip; North American vulgar slang drag/tear/haul ass; informal, dated cut along.

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