sheet anchor


: a large strong anchor formerly carried in the waist of a ship and used as a spare in an emergency
: something that constitutes a main support or dependence especially in danger

Word History


alteration of earlier shoot anchor, from Middle English shute anker

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheet anchor was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Sheet anchor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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