To sail close to the wind 顶风而行
如果形容某人 is sailing close to the wind 意思就是某人做冒险的事或斗胆做几乎是违法的事。
A tall ship is a large traditionally-rigged sailing vessel. Every year a Tall Ships race takes place in seas around Europe consisting of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles. More than half of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people. This year's race takes in Portugal, Spain, France and Ireland.
John's business practices were sailing close to the wind. He was very close to having the company shut down.
Susan's comments were sailing close to the wind so we had to ask her to tone them down.
另一个短语是 to take the wind out of (somebody's) sails. 意思是杀杀某人的嚣张气焰或挑战某人盛气凌人的态度。
Example: I was ready for an argument with my boyfriend but then he bought me some flowers and it took the wind out of my sails.