anchor-clanker

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anchor-clanker

slang A sailor. The bar was packed with old anchor-clankers sharing stories of their adventures from around the world. Only anchor-clankers hang out on the pier these days. Families stick to the boardwalk and teens to the beach. You only know Grandpa as an old man, but he was an anchor-clanker back in the day.
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anchor-clanker

n. a sailor. (Army.) How can you anchor-clankers stand being cooped up on those cans?
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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