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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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It does not occupy all the underground resources and can be reused to reduce costs, and the anchoring force can be formed quickly to shorten the construction period.
Anchoring Force of the Inflatable Retrievable Anchor.
If it is directly used as the anchor rod, both the surface friction factor and the anchoring force will be comparatively small.
The influences of different lots on anchoring force of the anchor rod should be considered, respectively.
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The system's core product is the clamp-like anchoring system with its multiple attachments.
A cylindrical geometry was chosen because it provides a large surface area for anchoring and does not require complicated drilling.
To give full play to the strength of the anchor and reveal the prestressed anchoring mechanism, the relationships among the axial stress, shear stress, and preload of the anchor were analyzed via theoretical analyses and field measurements, and the distribution law of the axial stress and the shear stress of the anchor was obtained [11-13].
As a guide, I often select locales which receive minimal pressure, allowing me to take full and free advantage of a breakaway/release anchoring system.
Anchoring is an easy task if you follow these guidelines.
The prospect of anchoring something to concrete block or brick may leave you scratching your head, wondering what you should use to keep the object attached.
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I use 300 feet of 1/2-inch diameter nylon rope, for most anchoring jobs.
I'm fine staying at a marina, but I'd like the option of anchoring out, too, and I'm concerned about safety.