- Nautical. a large anchor used only in cases of emergency.
- a final reliance or resource, as when in danger.
Origin of sheet anchor
Related Words for sheet anchorbuffer, insurance, precaution, protection, safeguard, subsidy, benefits, parachute, anchor, bower, drogue
Examples from the Web for sheet anchor
Historical Examples of sheet anchor
He clung to all three, he grappled them to him; they were his sheet-anchor and his pole-star.The Scapegoat
We should be in a sweet quandary if anything happened to our sheet-anchor here.Shawl-Straps
Louisa M. Alcott
The belief which had been her sheet-anchor in hoping for forgiveness had proved false.A Pair of Blue Eyes
To those who had been with him before he was like a sheet-anchor in a storm.Charles Frohman: Manager and Man
Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
His Irish experience continued to be the sheet-anchor of his ascendency with the Queen.Sir Walter Ralegh
- nautical a large strong anchor for use in emergency
- a person or thing to be relied upon in an emergency