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weigh anchor

To hoist the anchor so that a ship can sail. Weigh anchor, boys—we're going home!
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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.
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Yet endurance and sacrifice prevailed, and the last troopships weighed anchor on Christmas Eve.
The battle scenes are gripping, the losses grave, but the last troop ships weighed anchor on Christmas Eve, making good on MacArthur's boast.
FAMILIES weighed anchor for free trips down the canal in Mirfield.
When all were on board, we put off from the wharf and remained at anchor in the harbor until Thursday morning, when at a given signal, we weighed anchor and started for Fortress Monroe.
The breakfast show pair were decked out in pirate gear as they weighed anchor at the Hippodrome for their special appearance in the production of Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates, alongside I'm A Celebrity...
IDF officials explained that the intention was never to harass the soldiers and other than the initial planning - which was logistic rather than operational -- no ship ever weighed anchor and the routine operational and training schedule was not altered.
The ship, with Begin and other Revisionist leaders now on board, weighed anchor and put out to sea, chased by IDF craft.
Named after worldwide famous Ottoman captain, geographer and cartographer Piri Reis, the vessel weighed anchor from the Urla Port in the western province of Izmir on Friday for East Mediterranean to explore oil and natural gas.
Witnesses said the boat sunk just five minutes after it weighed anchor, 100 meters from the shore, possibly due to the bad weather.
The last news concerning the ship and her crew was in mid-February, when the vessel weighed anchor and steamed south, only to change course and return a day later to the Somali coast.
This hot, desert-like region is inhabited by the Wayu, or Guajiro, Indians who lived there long before Europeans first weighed anchor off their coast in 1499.
On the fourth day after our arrival in Britain, the eighteen ships which transported the cavalry weighed anchor....