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weigh anchor

To hoist the anchor so that a ship can sail. Weigh anchor, boys—we're going home!
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weigh ˈanchor

(of a ship and its passengers) leave a place: We weighed anchor in the afternoon and started for the Philippines.
This means ‘to lift the anchor out of the water’ before sailing away.
See also: anchor, weigh