One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
predicative (of an anchor) raised just clear of the seabed.
- ‘Even though we sang ‘Anchors aweigh, my boys’ and ‘From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli’ in school, I knew of no friends or relatives in those branches of service.’
- ‘It was anchors aweigh shortly after 5 p.m. as the captain pointed the bow in the direction of Rayong.’
- ‘Lord Dull of Ditchwater's coming in at three bells and anchor's aweigh, and I really think that you need to put that chap back on the floor.’
- ‘It's anchors aweigh for the 60th anniversary celebrations for Brentwood Sea Cadets.’
Early 17th century: from a- ‘on’ + weigh.
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