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anchor watch

noun, Nautical.
a deck watch maintained by the crew of a ship at anchor.
Origin of anchor watch
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Ryder, the fourth lieutenant, and two seamen had the anchor watch on deck.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • The officer of the anchor watch seemed to be the only obstacle in his way.

    Up The Baltic Oliver Optic
  • This is the yarn I listened to on anchor watch thirty years ago.

    The Grain Ship Morgan Robertson
  • Fortunately, they did not meet the anchor watch, who was probably asleep.

    The Boy Pilot of the Lakes Frank V. Webster
  • On all men-of-war at eight o'clock, the anchor watch is mustered.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday
  • If the vessel was at anchor in a roadstead, he had to keep his two-hour anchor watch the same as the rest of the crew.

    Windjammers and Sea Tramps Walter Runciman
  • There are no native villages within ten miles at least, and we shall be quite safe, so we need only keep an anchor watch at night.

    The Call Of The South Louis Becke
  • The men would alternate on an anchor watch and keep the fish "chummed" up during the night.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • Then, as soon as the fishermen had departed, all hands except the anchor watch went to breakfast.

  • I was "it" for anchor watch, and, as is often the case, the anchor watch manned the running small boat.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee"

    Russell Doubleday

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