Vale of Bonnet

(To). To cap to a superior; hence to strike sail, to lower (French, avaler, to take off.)

My wealthy Andrew docked in sand,
Vailing her high-top lower than her ribs.

Shakespeare: Merchant of Venice, i. 1

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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