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To weigh anchor

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To weigh anchor to heave or raise the anchor so as to sail away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • To weigh anchor to take up the anchor so as to be able to sail away
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ancor—L. ancora—Gr. angkyra, angkos, a bend. Conn. with Angle.

Usage

In literature:

Rawson in the punt went ahead, to pilot the way, while the anchor was noiselessly weighed.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
We therefore weighed anchor to continue our voyage.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
I ought to've weighed anchor an hour ago.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume X (of X)" by Various
Thirteen sailed in the pilgrims' ship, which was the first to weigh anchor.
"The Autobiography of St. Ignatius" by Saint Ignatius Loyola
We're going to weigh anchor in another minute or two.
"Crown and Anchor" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Just before twelve we "weighed anchor" and I went on deck to take a last look at Dixie with the rest of the party.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
He then weighed the anchor of the old tub, and carried her painter to the larger craft.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Orders to weigh anchor were given, and the two vessels stood out of the port of Flushing into the broad river.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
Weighing the anchor, he stood off to the north-west under the foresail only.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
Beginning to weigh, or to lift the anchor from the bottom.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
On the 8th January anchor was finally weighed, and the second entrance to the strait was slowly navigated against the tide.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Accordingly, on the 1st of August, the vessels weighed anchor, and stood out to sea.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Weigh anchor, my man," says he, "and we'll pipe down to dinner.
"The House Under the Sea" by Sir Max Pemberton
A vessel is to weigh anchor to-morrow.
"The Rambles of a Rat" by A. L. O. E.
Then, and not until then, would he weigh anchor, spread sail and pass down the river to the ocean and so homeward.
"Up the Forked River" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
At length, the day for the ship to weigh anchor arrived.
"Benjamin Franklin, A Picture of the Struggles of Our Infant Nation One Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
She was to weigh anchor at one o'clock, and at midday the mate bade good by to his emigrant friends.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Now they weigh the first anchor, and four men haul on the cable made fast to the windlass.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
But, the ship being about to weigh anchor, our stay here was but short.
"Memoirs of the Extraordinary Military Career of John Shipp" by John Shipp
The anchor was weighed, and Said wept bitter tears as the ship that was to bear him far away from his fatherland began to move.
"Tales of the Caravan, Inn, and Palace." by William Hauff
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In poetry:

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
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:

Arrr ye ready to weigh anchor, matey.
When cruising in faraway places, it's sometimes hard to weigh anchor.
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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