I encountered the expression
des ballades au grand large.
What does it mean? What is its etymology?
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@Toto's answer is fine. As a side remark, a little of googling gave:
Decidedly attracted by the open sea, the young Chirac embarks as a sailor on a freighter, before his father brings him back on the right track.
There is also a nice article about open sea, grand large, haute mer available for download here: https://journals.openedition.org/bagf/2053
By the way, I found also that grand large could have another sense in the past (rare nevertheless)
Vieux et rare. [En parlant d'un tissu] Au grand large. En grande largeur. Ayez la bonté de m'acheter (...) une aune de lévantine noire au grand large : c'est pour faire un tablier sans couture (Sand, Corresp., t. 1, 1829, p. 75).
according to https://www.cnrtl.fr/definition/large