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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

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


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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The first phase will be anchored by Costco and Home Depot (both retailer owned), and will be tenanted by, amongst others, Winners, Linens N Things, Michaels, Golf Town, Petsmart, Royal Bank and TD Canada Trust.
Also currently under construction at Innes Road and Lanthier Drive in Ottawa, Ontario, is about 376,000 square feet of new format retail space anchored by a retailer owned Loblaws (180,000 square feet).
Upon completion, this unenclosed shopping centre will comprise approximately 260,000 square feet and will be anchored by Loblaws (112,000 square feet, tenant-owned) and Rona, along with 35,000-40,000 square feet of retail space.
The 85% pre-leased centre will be anchored by tenant-owned Loblaws (150,000 square feet) and will include other national tenants such as LCBO, Blockbuster, Bulk Barn, Wendy's and TD Canada Trust.
Mega Centre Beauport in Quebec City will comprise 330,000 square feet anchored by (user-owned) retailer Reno Depot.
As previously announced, Kimco acquired an eleven-property drug store anchored portfolio located in the New York Metropolitan area that was acquired for approximately $84.
Also announced earlier this quarter, the Company in a joint venture, acquired a former Kmart anchored shopping center located in Valdosta, Georgia, for $10.
The property contains approximately 750,583 sf of space and is anchored by the following tenants: Sears, Elden-Beerman, Lazarus, and JC Penny.
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The 80,000 square foot shopping center, which was developed in 1996, is 100% occupied and is anchored by a 66,000 square foot Giant Eagle supermarket.
The favorable cap rate is due, in part, to the two Giant Eagle anchored centers being encumbered by existing above-market-rate debt.
Tiffany has anchored the 5-7am and noon news for the past 3 years.
is a self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust that principally acquires, renovates, develops and manages community and neighborhood shopping centers anchored by national and regional supermarket chains and other necessity-oriented retailers such as drug stores or discount retail stores.