HELP! What is the etymology for a pirate's phrase, "to hang the jib?"?

i know it means to look ill-tempered, but that's it. i need the etymology. please help.

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  • 9 years ago
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    I don't know about pirates, but I do know that a jib is a triangular sail attached to the foremost part of the vessel. In the case of pirate ships it would be between the foremast and the bowsprit. It is most useful in using the wind to help change the vessels course.

    Source(s): I used to race dinghies.
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