All the sea which is not the property of a particular country.
The sea three miles out belongs to the adjacent coast, and is called
mare clausum. High-seas, like high-ways, means for the public
use. In both cases the word high means “chief,” “principal.”
(Latin, allum, “the main sea;” altus, “high.”)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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