weigh anchor

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weigh anchor (third-person singular simple present weighs anchor, present participle weighing anchor, simple past and past participle weighed anchor)

  1. (nautical) To raise the anchor of a ship or boat prior to getting under way.
    • 1986, Ben Elton et al., Blackadder II, 3: "Potato"
      - Aah-ahhh! You have a woman’s hand, milord! I’ll wager these dainty pinkies never weighed anchor in a storm.
      - Well, you’re right there.

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