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drop anchor

Definition of drop anchor in English:

(Of a ship) let down the anchor and moor: I found a sheltered cove and dropped anchor for the night
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  • He found a safe site on the coast of South Africa where future sailing ships could drop anchor to pick up fresh water and food.
  • Fair Isle's residents are surprisingly used to seeing strangers strolling around their land ever since cruise ships first dropped anchor off their shores.
  • Best of all, the new docking arrangement would eliminate the need for some ships to drop anchor in the harbor, a true improvement, most anyone would agree, over the time-consuming nuisance of having to travel back and forth by tender.
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