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Sheet anchor  n.  
(Naut.) A large anchor stowed on shores outside the waist of a vessel; called also waist anchor. See the Note under Anchor.
Anything regarded as a sure support or dependence in danger; the best hope or refuge.

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"Sheet anchor" Quotes from Famous Books

... was the work of their hands, might be sacredly maintained; and the inaugural words of President Jefferson held up "the preservation of the General Government in its whole constitutional vigor as the sheet anchor of our peace at home and safety abroad." The Constitution is the work of "the people of the United States," and it should be ...
— Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present • Various

... anchors supplied, two at the bows, and one at either chest-tree abaft the fore-rigging; one is termed the sheet, the other the spare anchor; usually got ready in a gale to let go on the parting of a bower. To a sheet anchor a stout hempen cable is generally bent, as lightening the strain at the bow, ...
— The Sailor's Word-Book • William Henry Smyth

Words linked to "Sheet anchor" :   waist anchor, anchor

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