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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

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

anchor-clanker

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
References in classic literature ?
He first cast anchor at Botany Bay, visited the Friendly Isles, New Caledonia, then directed his course towards Santa Cruz, and put into Namouka, one of the Hapai group.
The anchor came up with a sob, and the riding-sail bellied as Troop steadied her at the wheel.
Splash went the anchor, and they all heaved over the lines, each man taking his own place at the bulwarks.
The hours struck clear in the cabin; the nosing bows slapped and scuffled with the seas; the fo'c'sle stovepipe hissed and sputtered as the spray caught it; and the boys slept on, while Disko, Long Jack, Tom Plait, and Uncle Salters, each in turn, stumped aft to look at the wheel, forward to see that the anchor held, or to veer out a little more cable against chafing, with a glance at the dim anchor-light between each round.
But I decided to know positively, and at once, so, with the greatest caution, I commenced to climb slowly up the anchor chain toward the deck above me.
It was Michael's first visit on the Ariel, and he and Jerry had spent a frolicking half-hour on her white deck amid the sound and commotion of hoisting in boats, making sail, and heaving out anchor.
And so, for Jerry, vanished Tulagi, its Commissioner's bungalow on top of the hill, its vessels riding to anchor in the harbour, and Michael, his full blood-brother.
When a Belgium-based dredging company required two anchors of a type not commonly available, they knew where to turn.
com)-- DEUS Rescue, a premier provider of innovative vertical rescue solutions, today announced it has expanded its product line to include an array of anchors to provide customers with more complete solutions.
For the past 30 years, AnchorPipe has designed and installed over 100,000 screw anchors and ScrewPiles to permanently stabilize new and existing pipelines.
I also buy anchors that the grapnel will bend when it's stuck so that it comes out.
The development of anchors for the offshore oil industry--initially for the North Sea oilfields--led to practical and theoretical research on anchor design, which, in the last decade, has been supplemented by testing of anchors for the leisure market.
Beyond globe-trotting anchors, Gibson insisted it was more important for news divisions to establish permanent foreign correspondents.
It anchors a property offering 195,000 square feet of available, buildable retail.
AnchorRescue is aptly named because the product does just that - rescues anchors by retrieving anchors snagged on underwater obstacles.