foul anchor

variants: or fouled anchor

Definition of foul anchor

1a : an anchor whose cable has become twisted around the stock or fluke
b : an anchor that has hooked or become entangled with another anchor
2 : a conventionalized anchor with a section of cable entwined about its shank or hanging from its ring used on nautical insignia, seals, or pennants

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“Foul anchor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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