weigh the anchor

Definitions

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

In literature:

Accordingly next morning I weighed anchor for a trip round the Isle of Wight.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
After lying twelve days in the road, the ship weighed anchor, and in about two months arrived safe at Deptford.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The anchor was weighed, and every stitch of canvas was spread and bellied out with a strong flowing wind.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
After breakfast, under weigh; proceeded off the river Bankoka, where we found the Cruiser at anchor.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
Shall we stop weighing the anchor?
"Villegagnon" by W.H.G. Kingston
With some difficulty Edgar was got on board, and the order was immediately given to weigh anchor.
"Under the Waves" by R M Ballantyne
Best replied that he would advise that to the Portuguese, and, weighing anchor, stood out to meet the enemy.
"How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had now only one boat left, and she was too small to weigh the anchor.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
With cheerful voices we ran round the capstan as we weighed anchor, we hoped to remain at our bows till we dropped it in the Mersey.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
The bark was weighing anchor and about to sail.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
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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:

10 News Sports Anchor Dave Wirth, weighs in on Sunday's Bucs' game with the Falcons , for JoeBucsFan.com.
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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