drop anchor

lower the anchor of a ship

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • drop anchor — verb secure a vessel with an anchor We anchored at Baltimore • Syn: ↑anchor, ↑cast anchor • Derivationally related forms: ↑anchor (for: ↑anchor), ↑anchorage ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • drop anchor —    fraudulently to cause a horse to run slowly in a race    The imagery is naval and the practice associated with crooked gambling …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • drop anchor in poo-bay — Vrb phrs. To have anal intercourse. 1990s …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • anchor — [aŋ′kər] n. [ME anker < OE ancor < L anc(h)ora < Gr ankyra, an anchor, hook < IE base * ank , to bend > ANKLE] 1. a heavy object, usually a shaped iron weight with flukes, lowered by cable or chain to the bottom of a body of water… …   English World dictionary

  • drop — drop1 W2S1 [drɔp US dra:p] v past tense and past participle dropped present participle dropping ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(let something fall)¦ 2¦(fall)¦ 3¦(move your body down)¦ 4¦(become less)¦ 5¦(reduce)¦ 6¦(not include)¦ 7¦(stop doing something)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • anchor — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. berth, slip, buoy, grapnel, kedge; mainstay, safeguard; anchorman, woman, or person. v. cast anchor, moor; fix, attach, fasten; hold fast. See navigation, stability, communication, connection. II… …   English dictionary for students

  • anchor — /ˈæŋkə / (say angkuh) noun 1. a device for holding boats, vessels, floating bridges, etc., in place. 2. any similar device for holding fast or checking motion. 3. a key person; mainstay. 4. (in a tug of war team) the person, usually the one who… …   Australian English dictionary

  • anchor — anchorable, adj. anchorless, adj. anchorlike, adj. /ang keuhr/, n. 1. any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object,… …   Universalium

  • anchor — [[t]æ̱ŋkə(r)[/t]] anchors, anchoring, anchored 1) N COUNT An anchor is a heavy hooked object that is dropped from a boat into the water at the end of a chain in order to make the boat stay in one place. 2) V ERG When a boat anchors or when you… …   English dictionary

  • anchor — Synonyms and related words: Baldt anchor, Navy anchor, Northill anchor, affix, anchorage, annex, attach, batten, batten down, belay, berth, billet at, bind, bivouac, bower, bridle, burrow, camp, cast anchor, catch, cement, chain, cinch, clamp,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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