1. (orig. US) a pick-axe.
|Ticket-Of-Leave Man Act IV: hawkshaw: Here’s the old anchor, boys, and long may we live to swing it. all: The pick forever. Hip, hip, hurrah!|
|AS I:12 650: Anchor — tamping pick.‘Hobo Lingo’ in|
|Milk and Honey Route 198: Anchor – A pick. Companion tool of the shovel or banjo.|
|Labor’s Special Lang. n.p.: Metal miners [...] call a pick an anchor [W&F].|
|(con. 1920s–40s) in Rebel Voices.|
2. (US Und.) a reprieve; a temporary suspension of a sentence.
|Amer. Law Rev. LII (1918) 891: ‘Anchor’ is a stay of execution of sentence.‘Criminal Sl.’ in|
|Keys to Crookdom 396: A swell mouthpiece copped me an anchor.|
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Amer. Thes. Sl.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
3. in pl., brakes; thus drop the anchors/slam on the anchors v., to put on the brakes.
|Daily Herald (London) 5 Aug. 8/4: List of busmen’s slang phrases . . . Anchors (Brakes) .|
|Dan Turner – Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] I swerved my wheel, slapped on my emergency anchors, missed the yellow-haired wren by a whisker.‘Color of Murder’|
|Late Night on Watling Street (1969) 4: It [...] stopped with a loud brake squeal [...] ‘A good job his anchors are all right,’ said Taff.‘Late Night on Watling Street’ in|
|Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 64: Tonker slammed on the anchors, went into a beautiful slide.|
|Current Sl. I:2 1/1: Anchors n. Automobile brakes.|
|Indep. Rev. 10 June 4: Guy slams on the power-assisted anchors and shouts ‘Tosser!’.|
|Something Fishy (2006) 122: I stomped on the anchors [...] and the Magna went into a skid.|
|Gutted 49: The bus driver was forced to hit the anchors.|
4. (US Und.) a stickpin; thus anchor and prop, a stickpin with a safety catch that anchors it to the tie.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 11: anchor A stickpin. anchor on prop A stick pin having a safety catch.|
|DAUL 18/2: Anchor and prop. A tiepin and safety clasp designed to thwart pickpockets. ‘We put the nippers (cutters) on the mark’s (victim’s) anchor and prop, and he didn’t even know he was beat (robbed).’ [Note: While an aid pokes an opened newspaper in the face of the victim, the actual thief cuts the tie off above the point where the tiepin is fastened.].et al.|
5. (US black) one’s home, one’s address.
|Jives of Dr. Hepcat (1989) 5: Jackson, you may puff on down cross states, hit the high spots from Chi to sugar hill, do a statue act on 18th and Vine or tamp the stroll on Lenox Avenue. Wherever your anchor you just ain’t nowhere until you get a house party invite.|
6. (Aus. juv.) a younger relation or other small child who ‘cramps one’s style’ and social life.
|OnLine Dict. of Playground Sl. [Internet] anchor(s) n. brothers, sisters or any other small kids that keep you from getting out with your mates.|
to slow down intercourse so as to delay one’s orgasm.
|DSUE (8th edn) 18: [...] since ca. 1950.|
SE in slang uses
see drop anchor in bum bay
to sit down.
|Adventures of Verdant Green (1893) 212: ‘Hullo, Pet!... bring yourself to an anchor, my man.’ The Pet accordingly anchored himself by dropping on to the edge of a chair.|
(US) lit. or fig., to go slowly, to idle, to dawdle.
|Derby Dly Teleg. 12 Mar. 3: ‘I see Newlywed at the Country Club quite often since his baby came. I thought he was formly anchored to a home life.’ ‘He was but at the first squall he began to drag his anchor’.|
|Understanding and Counseling the Alcoholic 23: Such an alcoholic is ‘dragging his anchor’ [...] He is less adequate as a father and husband, as well as less efficient in his work.|
|College Sl. Research Project (Cal. State Poly. Uni., Pomona) [Internet] Drop anchor (verb) To defecate.|
|Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 19: I hit the can. I have to drop anchor in Porcelain bay.|
to have anal intercourse; thus anchor man n., the subject of the sex.
|There Must Be a Pony! 243: Come on, chicken, we’ll have us a gang bang. You can be anchor man!|
|Lowspeak 32: To drop anchor in Bum Bay – to have anal intercourse.|
to keep within the letter of the law.
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue ms. additions .|
1. (UK Und.) to change course, to stop doing something; to accept reluctantly.
|London Dly News 5 Sept. 4/2: Her loblolly boy slipped ashore, perhaps with intent to ‘swallow the anchor’ or desert.|
|Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era.|
|Yorks. Eve. Post 14 Dec. 5/2: A man charged at the Thames Police Court: I suppose I must swallow the anchor. Magistrate: What! A Policeman explained that he meant he would have to put up with it.|
|Yorks. Post 20 Sept. 7/3: His health failed and in 1924 he had to ‘swallow the anchor’ — in other words, retire.|
|Hell’s Kitchen 307: I settled down to go straight when I got out of prison four months ago. As the Underworld puts it, I decided to ‘swallow the anchor’ or to ‘take the seconds’.|
|AS XIX:2 109: To swallow the anchor started out as technical cant, legitimate; in its slang use it means to give up the ships and go ashore for good.‘Vocabulary for Lakes, [etc.]’|
|(con. 1940s) Admiral (1968) 308: Maybe they’ll catch up with us in some Navy veteran’s retirement home years from now, when we’ve swallowed the anchor.|
|Sailortown 4: Although Sailors [...] did desert in foreign ports [...] they very rarely ‘swallowed the anchor’.|
|Lowspeak 12: To swallow the anchor – to give up crime, to retire.|
2. to give oneself up to the police.