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sheet anchor

noun
1.
Nautical. a large anchor used only in cases of emergency.
2.
a final reliance or resource, as when in danger.
Origin of sheet anchor
1485-1495
First recorded in 1485-95
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sheet anchor

noun
1.
(nautical) a large strong anchor for use in emergency
2.
a person or thing to be relied upon in an emergency
Word Origin
C17: from earlier shute anker, from shoot (obsolete) the sheet of a sail
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