IDIOMS about boats and the sea

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Britain is an island and people have always had to travel outbound by sea. Consequently, the English language is full of nautical idioms. Here are some. Fill the blanks.

1. He was a man clutching at a straw (he did everything possible to try to survive)
2. He was sheets to the wind (he was drunk)
3. He his colours to the mast (he made it clear to everyone whose side he was on)
4. He burned his (what he did made it impossible for him to go back)
5. He's in Jones' Locker now (he's dead)
6. He was a low ebb (he was depressed; he felt low)
7. He was deep water (he was in serious trouble)
8. He finally fathomed everything (he was able to see the situation clearly at last; he was successful in finding out the truth)
9. He was told not to the boat (he was asked to leave things as they were, in case it caused more difficulties)
10. We gave him a berth (when we saw him we kept as far away from him as possible)
11. He was on the crest of a (he was at the top of his success)
12. We were all in the boat (all of us will suffer if things go wrong)
13. He certainly pushed the boat (he celebrated)
14. He sailed to the wind (he took risks - usually erring towards being illegal))
15. He was between the Devil and the deep sea (both alternatives were equally dangerous for him)
16, She took the out of his sails (she dented his pride; humiliated him; knocked him back)