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weigh anchor

To hoist the anchor so that a ship can sail. Weigh anchor, boys—we're going home!
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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.
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The heroic sailor weighs anchor and sets off for an island inhabited by hideous monsters, all in the hope of lifting an evil sorcerer's spell to shrink a beautiful princess to the size of a doll.
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