sheet anchor


noun

Nautical. a large anchor used only in cases of emergency.
a final reliance or resource, as when in danger.

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Origin of sheet anchor

First recorded in 1485–95
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British Dictionary definitions for sheet anchor

sheet anchor

noun

nautical a large strong anchor for use in emergency
a person or thing to be relied upon in an emergency

Word Origin for sheet anchor

C17: from earlier shute anker, from shoot (obsolete) the sheet of a sail
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