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.
[1950s+] to slow down intercourse so as to delay one’s orgasm.
SE in slang uses
see drop anchor in bum bay
[mid-19C] to sit down.
[20C+] (US) lit. or fig., to go slowly, to idle, to dawdle.
[1990s+] to defecate.
[1980s] to have anal intercourse; thus anchor man n., the subject of the sex.
[late 18C] to keep within the letter of the law.
1. [late 19C+] (UK Und.) to change course, to stop doing something; to accept reluctantly.
2. [1980s] to give oneself up to the police.