Definition of sheet anchor in English:

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sheet anchor



2A very dependable person or thing.
Example sentences
  • As I said, it's the sheet anchor of what we've come to know in the last century as middle class life.
  • Now I only know that a sheet anchor is a very good thing, and that Ancient India would have been in deep trouble if Alexander hadn't shown up.
  • Wayne Hutchinson was again the sheet anchor of the defence with strong support from Johnny Kearney and Paul Hogan.


Late 15th century: perhaps related to obsolete shot, denoting two cables spliced together, later influenced by sheet2.

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