lie at anchor

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
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Luxury Lamborghinis, Range Rovers and Maseratis line the streets and multimillion pound yachts lie at anchor.
We must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it--but sail we must and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
At the moment, the Albert J Myer and the rest of the Ghost Fleet still lie at anchor, the floating dead.
Out-of-work spy ships, still emblazoned with the hammer and sickle, lie at anchor in the narrow channel that leads to the grimlooking passenger terminal.
From the Italian quaranta (forty), "quarantine" refers to the practice established in European port cities during the Black Death requiring vessels to lie at anchor for 40 days before landing.