lie at anchor

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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
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After six weeks' incessant throbbing the great engines were still, and the Dunottar Castle lay at anchor a mile or two from the African coast and off the town of Attra.
All were interested in his savage Waziri, and many were the gifts the black men received from these friends of their king, but when they learned that he might sail away from them upon the great canoe that lay at anchor a mile off shore they became very sad.
I communicated to his majesty a project I had formed of seizing the enemy's whole fleet; which, as our scouts assured us, lay at anchor in the harbour, ready to sail with the first fair wind.
His signal was returned, and in two hours afterwards the newcomer lay at anchor beside the yacht.
That the Kincaid or other ship lay at anchor but a hundred yards from him he did not dream, for no light showed on board the steamer.
When the day dawned, the Tonquin still lay at anchor in the bay, her sails all loose and flapping in the wind, and no one apparently on board of her.
The ship lay at anchor off the coast for several weeks.
Viewed from our ship as she lay at anchor in the middle of the harbour, it presented the appearance of a vast natural amphitheatre in decay, and overgrown with vines, the deep glens that furrowed it's sides appearing like enormous fissures caused by the ravages of time.
She lay at anchor across the lagoon from here, at Pauloo, and her boats scattered out everywhere, making camps on the beaches where they cured the beche-de-mer.
1--The attacks required intelligence capabilities for the deliberate selection of four oil tankers from among almost 200 vessels of all types that lay at anchor off Fujairah at the time of the attacks.
On May 12, four oil tankers in the Gulf - two of them Saudi, one from the United Arab Emirates and the other Norwegian - were attacked with explosives as they lay at anchor near the Strait of Hormuz.
It went on to note that the above is supported by the following facts: * The attacks required intelligence capabilities for the deliberate selection of four oil tankers from among almost 200 vessels of all types that lay at anchor off Fujairah at the time of the attacks.
It all started with a simple accident on board the ship as she lay at anchor off the Cammell Laird shipyard.
These were heady days, when it would not have been impossible to spot Sean Connery, James Hunt and Adnan Khashoggi in one of the famous marina's haunts, close to where King Fahd's luxurious yacht lay at anchor in the harbour.
On October 27, 1959, the 500-ton coaster Hindlea lay at anchor at Moelfre Bay when a northerly wind veering north increased rapidly to hurricane force, with gusts of 100 mph.