Green’s Dictionary of Slang

anchor n.

[lit. or fig. resemblances]

1. [mid-19C–1950s] (orig. US) a pick-axe.

2. [1910s+] (US Und.) a reprieve; a temporary suspension of a sentence.

3. [1930s+] in pl., brakes; thus drop the anchors/slam on the anchors v., to put on the brakes.

4. [1940s–50s] (US Und.) a stickpin; thus anchor and prop, a stickpin with a safety catch that anchors it to the tie.

5. [1950s] (US black) one’s home, one’s address.

6. [1990s+] (Aus. juv.) a younger relation or other small child who ‘cramps one’s style’ and social life.

In phrases

put the anchors on (v.)

[1950s+] to slow down intercourse so as to delay one’s orgasm.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

In phrases

bring oneself to an anchor (v.) [naut. imagery]

[mid-19C] to sit down.

drag one’s anchor (v.)

[20C+] (US) lit. or fig., to go slowly, to idle, to dawdle.

drop anchor (v.)

[1990s+] to defecate.

drop anchor in bum bay (v.)

[1980s] to have anal intercourse; thus anchor man n., the subject of the sex.

let go an anchor to the windward of the law (v.)

[late 18C] to keep within the letter of the law.

swallow the anchor (v.) [orig. naut. jargon]

1. [late 19C+] (UK Und.) to change course, to stop doing something; to accept reluctantly.

2. [1980s] to give oneself up to the police.