coast

coast
1 noun (C)
1 the area where the land meets the sea: We drove along the Pacific coast to Seattle. | on the coast (=on the land near the sea): I used to live in a small village on the coast of Brittany. | off the coast (=in the sea near the land): a small island off the coast of Scotland | coast to coast (=from one coast of a country to the other coast of the same country): They walked coast to coast across England.
-see shore
2 the coast is clear informal if the coast is clear, it is safe for you to do something without risking being seen or caught: We raced towards them as soon as the coast was clear.
2 verb (I)
1 (always + adv/prep) to move in or on a vehicle, especially down a hill, without using any effort or any power from the engine
(+ down/around/along etc): Bev coasted downhill on her bicycle.
2 to achieve something without having to try very hard: Janey's teacher says she's just coasting and could do even better if pushed.
(+ to/through): Polls predict that the party will coast to victory in the next election.
3 AmE to slide down a hill covered in snow on a sledge 1: The kids went coasting all afternoon.
4 to sail along the coast while staying close to land

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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