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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 traveled 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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These reliable, versatile anchors may be used to provide a safe anchor point in minutes, almost anywhere it's needed, including I-beams, concrete structures, steel panels and more.
Once the vessel was on location, the hold-down screw anchors were each installed in an hour or less.
Because we're using such a heavy anchor, and the heavy weight of the chain, we don't have to put out quite as much scope.
The most common types of anchors are the following.
The anchors yachtsmen use are drag impediment anchors and are designed to penetrate the seabed in whole (diving anchors) or in part (surfing anchors).
Plastic screw anchors can be used with wood or sheet metal screws.
Bone anchors are tiny metal screws with a hole in the end for connecting sutures from torn-off tendons or ligaments being reattached to bone (heel, shoulder) during surgical repair.
It anchors a property offering 195,000 square feet of available, buildable retail.
operators of the Garden State Plaza, in Paramus, which features anchors Macy's, J.