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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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These reliable, versatile anchors may be used to provide a safe anchor point in minutes, almost anywhere it's needed, including I-beams, concrete structures, steel panels and more.
Once the vessel was on location, the hold-down screw anchors were each installed in an hour or less.
Because we're using such a heavy anchor, and the heavy weight of the chain, we don't have to put out quite as much scope.
The most common types of anchors are the following.
The anchors yachtsmen use are drag impediment anchors and are designed to penetrate the seabed in whole (diving anchors) or in part (surfing anchors).
Plastic screw anchors can be used with wood or sheet metal screws.
Unlike previous nightly news anchors, Gibson hasn't come under much fire for any perceived bias in his reportage.
Bone anchors are tiny metal screws with a hole in the end for connecting sutures from torn-off tendons or ligaments being reattached to bone (heel, shoulder) during surgical repair.
It anchors a property offering 195,000 square feet of available, buildable retail.
Previously, Moonves had advocated employing two nightly news anchors, decrying the ``voice-of-God'' mentality in having a single, stentorian anchor.
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The Live Desk with Martha MacCallum takes the place of FNC's Dayside whose anchors Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy will begin co-hosting a national morning program which is scheduled to appear on FOX owned and operated stations in January 2007.
Most local female anchors are dressed professionally, but the breast brigade stands out.
Of the six anchors at Stratford Square, the JCPenney facility was the only anchor that was not owned by the user.