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bring (one's) arse to an anchor

To be seated and still, likened to a ship being moored in place by an anchor. Primarily heard in UK. Kids! Quit running around and bring your arse to an anchor!
See also: anchor, arse, bring

bring (one's) ass to an anchor

To be seated and still, likened to a ship being moored in place by an anchor. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. Kids! Quit running around and bring your ass to an anchor!
See also: anchor, ass, bring

at anchor

The state a ship is in when it has dropped its anchor. We're going to stay at anchor for a few days so we can really enjoy the beach. Men, the ship is at anchor, so it's time to move out!
See also: anchor

drop anchor

To let down the anchor to secure a ship. We've been sailing all day, and here seems like a good enough spot to drop anchor, don't you think?
See also: anchor, drop

swallow the anchor

To retire from life at sea. After so many years sailing the seas, I knew it was time for me to swallow the anchor and adopt a more normal lifestyle on land.
See also: anchor, swallow

weigh anchor

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

lie at anchor

[for a ship] to wait or rest at anchor. The ship lay at anchor throughout the day while a shore party searched for the runaway. We lay at anchor overnight, waiting for the tide.
See also: anchor, lie


n. a sailor. (Army.) How can you anchor-clankers stand being cooped up on those cans?

boat anchor

n. a useless computer; anything heavy and useless. Why don’t you replace that boat anchor with a new model?
See also: anchor, boat
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Speaking of the successful completion of the job, Mr Kloosterman says, We were pleased to be able to serve our customers in their quest for this very specific type of anchor.
The U-Anchor 2600 and all of Anchor Products rooftop attachments come with an industry standard material warranty.
They're suitable for fixed anchor points, staging, rope access, scaffolding tie back, restraint, fall arrest, work positioning or rescue applications.
During May 2010, CalDive provided a work vessel with crane and divers to support AnchorPipe's installation of five hold-down anchor sets on a 20-inch pipeline for Panhandle Energy.
You've got to make sure that your anchor has pre-drilled holes at the head of it and the back of it for the tie wraps to hold the chain for your quick-release mechanism.
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Anchor rode is the leader between anchor and anchor rope, typically a chain.
There are some new anchors that are unproven, or there is no test data in the public domain: for example the Ultra[R], another shallow concave anchor, and the XYZ[R], a plate, and these might show potential in the future.
Gibson was under consideration for the anchor position before the network began its ill-fated two-anchor experiment in January.
CBRE will represent the Anchor Bar Franchise Company, LLC with its nationwide roll-out of new restaurant properties.
Since the takeover of Anchor by Aria Foods in March, Anchor has been making a name for itself with new packaging designs giving its product portfolio a contemporary appeal that stands out on the shelves.
NORCAT needs to think on a global scale, "not just limit ourselves to Northern Ontario,"' says Lake, who modelled the anchor tenant concept from a government subsidized technology park he toured in Oulu, Finland.
When the current flowed south to north, it swept supercooled water under the shelf, spawning production of anchor ice.
Developed by Anchor Health Properties for Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital's Allentown campus, the new Health & Technology Center surpasses other rehabilitation hospitals in the country with a continuum of care in one central location.
To help with the projected growth, Anchor Plastics, Inc.