sheet anchor


Definition of sheet anchor

  1. 1 :  a large strong anchor formerly carried in the waist of a ship and used as a spare in an emergency

  2. 2 :  something that constitutes a main support or dependence especially in danger

Origin and Etymology of sheet anchor

alteration of earlier shoot anchor, from Middle English shute anker

First Known Use: 1626

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feeling or affected by lethargy

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