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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


slang A sailor. The bar was packed with old anchor-clankers who'd travelled all across the world, sharing stories of their adventures.

boat anchor

Something related to computing and technology that is regarded as cumbersome and ineffectual, often obsolete. What are we going to do with a computer running Windows 95? Get that boat anchor out of here!
See also: anchor, boat

lie at anchor

Of a ship, to remain anchored in wait. We must lie at anchor until this storm passes by. We have a ship lying at anchor the moment you are ready to depart.
See also: anchor, lie

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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7-acre parcel for a 134,000 square-foot retail strip in Orange, anchored by Christmas Tree Shops.
Also currently under construction at Innes Road and Lanthier Drive in Ottawa, Ontario, is about 376,000 square feet of new format retail space anchored by a retailer owned Loblaws (180,000 square feet).
Upon completion, this unenclosed shopping centre will comprise approximately 260,000 square feet and will be anchored by Loblaws (112,000 square feet retailer owned) and Rona, along with 35,000 - 40,000 square feet of ancillary retail space.
The 85% pre-leased centre will be anchored by tenant-owned Loblaws (150,000 square feet) and will include other national tenants such as LCBO, Blockbuster, Bulk Barn, Wendy's and TD Canada Trust.
As previously announced, Kimco acquired an eleven-property drug store anchored portfolio located in the New York Metropolitan area that was acquired for approximately $84.
The property contains approximately 750,583 sf of space and is anchored by the following tenants: Sears, Elden-Beerman, Lazarus, and JC Penny.
The center is anchored by JCPenney, Parisian, Rich's, Sears and Macy's Home Store, which recently replaced Macy's as an anchor.
The center is anchored by a Tom Thumb Grocery Store (Safeway) and provides a complete shopping experience with such tenants as Blockbuster Video, Ulta Cosmetics, DSW Shoe Warehouse, Starbucks, Chipotle and Red, Hot & Blue.
Two of the centers, located in Cleveland, are anchored by Giant Eagle, the dominant supermarket in the region.
We are a self-administered, self-managed real estate investment trust that acquires, renovates, develops and manages community and neighborhood shopping centers anchored by national and regional supermarket chains and other necessity-oriented retailers such as drug stores or discount retail stores.
The 108,325 square foot shopping center is anchored by a new 74,627 square foot H-E-B supermarket and also includes Starbucks, Hollywood Video, a Sprint retail store and a number of other local tenants.
The 58,804 square foot shopping center is anchored by a Winn Dixie supermarket, and also includes an Eckerd pharmacy, First Union Bank and a range of local tenants.
Tiffany has anchored the 5-7am and noon news for the past 3 years.