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slang A sailor. The bar was packed with old anchor-clankers sharing stories of their adventures from around the world.

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

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

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, to

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, to

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

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

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


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
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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This acquisition increases the size of the company's portfolio to 41 grocery-anchored shopping centres across seven Sunbelt states, consistent with our strategy to acquire well-positioned grocery-anchored shopping centres in suburban Sunbelt markets with strong demographics and anchored by market leading grocers.
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Therefore, to determine the reasonable anchor support parameters and quantitatively evaluate the stability of the anchored rock mass, the homogenization method is adopted to macroscopically consider the rock mass and anchor complex as a continuous, homogeneous and isotropic surrounding rock reinforcement body.
When designing the anchor parameters for the cavity, the traditional support theory requires that the loose surrounding rock must be anchored in the stable rock formation, so the anchor length must be greater than the width of the plastic zone, as shown in Figure 1(b).
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It is also adjacent to Buttermilk Town Center, a 315,000 s/ft shopping center anchored by the newly constructed Home Depot and Remke's Market.
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Included are: Church Street Center, a 180,000 square-foot, three level, enclosed mall in downtown Nashville, TN, Market Place, a 286,000 square-foot power strip center in Knoxville, TN., anchored by Home Depot, Service Merchandise, Marshall's, Michael's and Kroger; The Mall at Shelter Cove, a 240,000 square-foot enclosed mall anchored by JC Penney and Belks, Hilton Head, SC; and Greenwood Square Shopping Center, a 197,000 square-foot power strip anchored by K-Mart and Houchen's Grocery, Bowling Green, KY.