Anybody but Esther Tidditt, that is; she's down on him like a sheet anchor on a crab.
His caprices remain the sheet anchor of the would-be virtuoso.
The sheet anchor was let go, and alone now kept the brig from destruction.
But Tom knew that I had taken the will; that I had deprived him of his sheet anchor.
Churchmen cling to it as a sheet anchor in controversy with Nonconformists.