more or less vertical.
(of a dropped anchor) as nearly vertical as possible without being free of the bottom.
(of an anchored vessel) having the anchor cable as nearly vertical as possible without freeing the anchor.
Origin of apeak
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The anchor is apeek when the cable has been sufficiently hove in to bring the ship over it.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
nautical in a vertical or almost vertical positionwith the oars apeak
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