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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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The hours struck clear in the cabin; the nosing bows slapped and scuffled with the seas; the fo'c'sle stovepipe hissed and sputtered as the spray caught it; and the boys slept on, while Disko, Long Jack, Tom Plait, and Uncle Salters, each in turn, stumped aft to look at the wheel, forward to see that the anchor held, or to veer out a little more cable against chafing, with a glance at the dim anchor-light between each round.
The RIPE Atlas project is an Internet measurement network that employs a global network of probes and anchors for the real time measurement of Internet connectivity.
Generally, each normal node, which does not have its position, estimates its position by using anchors which have their positions.
Wang Yanfeng, GM of Sogou's Voice Interaction Technology Centre, tells BroadcastPro ME what the AI anchor can do at present and how it can free up time for human anchors.
China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency introduced so-called "composite anchors", combining the images and voices of human anchors with artificial intelligence technology.
Last year, marine archaeologist Daniel Claggett set out to compare ancient anchors used in Northern Europe from AD 750-1300, after the time of Roman occupation in Scotland and during the time of Viking raids.
In TV news presentation, objectification is the tendency to view or treat a news anchors worth on the basis of their appearance or sexuality.
Though these leader-centered anchors were accomplishing a lot in their regions and deepening their understanding of the anchor mission through student work, each of the participants in the Cohort suggested that the process of working with the Anchor Dashboard was slow.
Summary: The video of a verbal spat between two news anchors in Pakistan went viral on social media.
Since TF Herbst proposed the application of recyclable anchor rods in underground engineering [11], various types of recyclable anchors have been rapidly developed.
(a) Most cases fell into the category of "anchor pullout." This was mainly due to the anchor-grout interface sliding owing to the insufficiently high anchoring force against the grout generated by relatively short anchors.
Recent studies (1,7,14,15) have described techniques such as transosseous sutures or suture anchors in variable numbers, sizes, and configurations.
The company's anchors are welded to tank supports and during an earthquake "provide controlled yielding in both tension and compression throughout cycling earthquake accelerations." The supplier claims the anchors will provide continual support even during aftershocks and can be reset easily once the risk has passed.
The conventional system of connecting steel columns (H beams or I beams) to concrete is by the use of cast in anchors which are installed at the time of casting concrete.