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to box the compass
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Box \Box\, v. t. [Cf.Sp. boxar, now spelt bojar.] To boxhaul. [1913 Webster] To box off (Naut.), to turn the head of a vessel either way by bracing the headyards aback. To box the compass (Naut.), to name the thirty-two points of the compass in their order. [1913 Webster]