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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DROP ANCHOR

Feels kind of good to drop anchor when you've been cruisin's long as I have.

"I have a mind to drop anchor at that fort for the night," said Dr. Jones.

The sea was deep and bottomless, and there was no place where they could drop anchor and stop.

I should think you won't be sorry when we drop anchor off the Mole, youngster?

He was adrift, knew it, and meant to drop anchor in a moment.

They sail out to sea, drop anchor, and fish with hook and line.

He was straitly forbidden to drop anchor in any water of Hispaniola.

He must have seen us drop anchor, and he must have known our launch was on the beach.

Besides, I am not going to have her drop anchor on a ranch for the rest of her days.

We now went on board the schooner, having resolved to sail round the island and drop anchor opposite the heathen village.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ancor, borrowed 9c. from Latin ancora "anchor," from or cognate with Greek ankyra "anchor, hook" (see ankle). A very early borrowing and said to be the only Latin nautical term used in the Germanic languages. The -ch- form emerged late 16c., a pedantic imitation of a corrupt spelling of the Latin word. The figurative sense of "that which gives stability or security" is from late 14c. Meaning "host or presenter of a TV or radio program" is from 1965, short for anchorman.

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