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Could somebody please help me understand this sentence?

Hi, what does the following sentence mean to you?

"A fast moving storm most often meant a violent one, and his new southerly course meant that he wasn't outrunning it any longer."

Context: According to this particular scenario, the protagonist is taking a boat ride in the sea and a storm is starting to happen.

Here are my questions:

What did he mean by 'southerly course' ?

What does it mean that 'he wasn't outrunning it's?

Thanks in advance.

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  • 11 months ago
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    southerly course - going in the direction of south on the compass

    not outrunning it - not moving faster than the storm and it would catch up with him at some point

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  • John P
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    11 months ago

    The sailor is worried that any fast moving storm might be violent. A 'southerly course' means heading generally towards the south (not east, or west, or north). Steering that southerly course meant that the storm might catch up with him. "Outrunning" means going faster than the thing which is following you.

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  • 11 months ago

    his new 'southerly course' means he changed directing and is now moving south.

    A course is simply a route. A certain path on the map.

    He wasn't outrunning it any longer means. . .since he is not travelling in the same

    direction as the storm, he is moving away from it. Hope that helps.

    - - - - - - -

    STORM

    - - - - - - -

    . . . . . .- - - - - - - his old course

    . . . . . . . . \

    . . . . . . . . .\

    . . . . . . . . . \

    his new southerly course

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  • Laurie
    Lv 7
    11 months ago

    new "southerly course" = He changed direction and as now going south.

    "he wasn't outrunning it" = When he was traveling in a different direction, he was moving away from, or faster than, the storm. But now that he has changed direction, the storm was catching up with him.

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  • 11 months ago

    A "course" is the direction that his boat was traveling. "Southerly" means towards the south. Since it was a "new southerly course", he had apparently been traveling in a different direction, but recently turned the boat south.

    "Outrunning it" refers to the storm. The storm was moving in a certain direction. Until he turned south,he had been sailing in the same direction as the storm, but at a faster rate. Just like two runners, the faster runner "outruns" the slower one. Once he turned south (took a southerly course) he was no longer ahead of the storm. Presumably, the storm was now coming directly at him, or from his side.

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  • 11 months ago

    1. Southerly -traveling in a southern direction

    2. The storm is traveling faster than his boat. Outrun means to travel faster than what is chasing you. If you’re not outrunning something then you’re traveling slower than what’s chasing you.

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