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According to Sebastian Junger in The Perfect Storm, in the United States it is defined as: "more that three miles from shore"; what phrase is it?

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Answer: the high seas

According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the high seas are the "open seas not within anyone's jurisdiction."

According to Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: "The sea up to three miles out from the coast belongs to the country and is called territorial waters. High seas, like high-ways, means 'for public use.' In both cases the word high means chief [or] principal."

[But isn't there a 250 mile limit now?]

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