sheet anchor


Definition of sheet anchor

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

First Known Use of sheet anchor

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sheet anchor

alteration of earlier shoot anchor, from Middle English shute anker

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