shake out

shake out
a) To agitate a piece of cloth or other flexible material in order to remove dust, or to try to make it smooth and flat.

"Thunder!" he cried. "A week! I cant do that; theyd have the black spot on me by then. The lubbers is going about to get the wind of me this blessed moment; lubbers as couldnt keep what they got, and want to nail what is anothers. Is that seamanly behavior, now, I want to know? But Im a saving soul. I never wasted good money of mine, nor lost it neither; and Ill trick em again. Im not afraid on em. Ill shake out another reef, matey, and daddle em again."

b) To unfurl a reef from a sail

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