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weigh (or raise or heave) anchor

Definition of weigh or raise or heave anchor in English:

(Of a ship) take up the anchor when ready to depart.
Example sentences
  • The next day with good weather the ship weighed anchor to rendezvous with HMAS Sydney.
  • The ship weighed anchor as planned on April 18 after a visit which seemed all too short, and headed east on a passage of some 5,800 miles to Cairns in Australia.
  • There was a sharp tug and a few muffled cries of sailors as they docked the ship, weighing anchor and tying ropes the width of Cleo's arm to great posts on the dock wall.
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