drop anchor

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drop anchor (third-person singular simple present drops anchor, present participle dropping anchor, simple past and past participle dropped anchor)

  1. (nautical) To release the anchor of a ship or boat, allowing it to fall to the bed of a body of water and thereby securing the vessel in place.
    Antonym: weigh anchor
  2. (euphemistic) To defecate.
    • 2005, John Illig, Pacific Dream, →ISBN, p. 204 (Google preview):
      Junkyard Dog always stopped for lengthy bathroom breaks by announcing his intentions in advance, using a different euphemism every time, saying, to name a few, "I have to: drop anchor... do some paperwork... lay some foundation... pinch a loaf... lighten my load...."
    • 2011, Andy Weir, chapter 9, in The Martian, →ISBN, page 95:
      And if you think things are bad after opening the piss box, imagine the smell after I drop anchor.
    • 2014 Feb. 24, Ashley Burns, "A Company Will Soon Offer A VIP Public Restroom In New York City For $8 A Plop," UPROXX Web Culture (retrieved 26 July 2015):
      POSH is the perfect alternative to . . . stopping in a filthy, germ-infested public restroom to drop anchor. . . . Instead, the POSH Stow and Go offers people a private, clean bathroom experience.
    Synonyms: drop a bomb, drop a chalupa, drop a deuce, drop the kids off at the pool; see also Thesaurus:defecate

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