weigh anchor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v weigh anchor heave up an anchor in preparation for sailing
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Usage

In literature:

The next morning sails were hoisted and the anchor weighed.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
At four o'clock on the morning of Friday, November 21, the great Battle Fleet weighed anchor and one by one steamed out to sea.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
They put him on shipboard and weighed anchor for France.
"Standard Selections" by Various
When the last one's weighed an' stowed, we'll lift anchor an' out; but not afore.
"Doctor Luke of the Labrador" by Norman Duncan
At nine o'clock, anchors were weighed again, and the fleet proceeded slowly, feeling its way, as it were, in the obscurity.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
Provisions are short when the ship weighs anchor for England in June of 1611.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
There was little or no wind, or we should have weighed anchor and made off.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
We weighed anchor at daybreak (the date, I may mention, was July 28th), and cleared the Sound.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He weighed anchor, therefore, and bore down under easy sail for the entrance of the river.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Just now, however, I was hurried forward to the business of weighing anchor, and the lieutenant had gone aft to take charge of the helm.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
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In poetry:

The war-horns are played,
The anchors are weighed,
Like moths in the distance
The sails flit and fade.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVIII. -- King Olaf And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
He weighed his anchor, and fished once more
By the black coast-line of Labrador;
And by love and the north wind driven,
Sailed back to the Islands Seven.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The Anchor was weighed - the Anchor was weighed
In the scale at the rag-shop it went
The sailor stood chewing the knob off the door
For all his bad money was spent.
"The Sailor Comes Home With The Washing" by T W Connor
And the "Oscar" was exposed to the full force of the gale,
But the crew resolved to do their best, allowing they should fail,
So they weighed anchor, and stood boldly out for sea,
While the great crowds that had gathered cheered them encouragingly.
"The Wreck of the Whaler 'Oscar'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Having a windlass beats weighing anchor with your back by a measured mile.
Arrr ye ready to weigh anchor, matey.
Pay up or weigh anchor.
Pay up or weigh anchor .
Boxers Weigh-in for Saturday's Bout at Coliseum. Aaron Rich Sports Anchor/Multimedia Journalist.
10 News Sports Anchor Dave Wirth, weighs in on Sunday's Bucs' game with the Falcons , for JoeBucsFan.com.
Gary Van Sickle's Mailbag: Anchored putting ban, plus a industry mogul weighs in.
Gary Van Sickle's Mailbag : Anchored putting ban, plus a industry mogul weighs in.
Pay up or weigh anchor.
When cruising in faraway places, it's sometimes hard to weigh anchor.
WHEN THE FIRST EUROPEAN SETTLERS WASHED ASHORE IN SYDNEY , they found it so inhospitable they weighed anchor, making camp ten miles north, where downtown now stands.
Residents of the old Redwood City marina have been told to ship out to make way for development, but many are unwilling to weigh anchor.
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