foul anchor

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foul anchor (plural foul anchors)

  1. (nautical) An anchor which has become entangled or caught up in something, or an image of this.
    • 1978, Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea, Vintage 1999, p. 13:
      One stone in particular attracts me. It bears a beautiful ‘foul anchor’ and the simple inscription: Dummy 1879-1918.