weigh anchor

From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



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.
    Antonym: drop anchor

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes used incorrectly to mean drop anchor.

Related terms[edit]