(nautical) To remain at a safe distance from (another vessel or hazard)
Try to 'lie off the cardinal.
Lie-off Sentence Examples
Numerous small islands lie off the western coast, but none has any commercial importance.
A number of islets (Nako, Bunga, &c.) lie off the west and north coasts.
Numerous islands lie off the coasts where they are indented; but these are in no case large, excepting those off the north coast, and that of Disco off the west, which is crossed by the parallel of 70° N.
A closer investigation of the numerous long, narrow banks which lie off the Flemish coast and the Thames estuary shows that they are composed of fragments of rock abraded and transported by tidal currents and storms in the same way that the chalk and limestone worn off from the eastern continuation of the island of Heligoland during the last two centuries has been reduced to the coarse gravel of the off-lying Dune.