Meaning of sheet anchor in English:

sheet anchor


Translate sheet anchor into Spanish


  • 1An additional anchor for use in emergencies.

  • 2A very dependable person or thing.

    ‘As I said, it's the sheet anchor of what we've come to know in the last century as middle class life.’
    • ‘Now I only know that a sheet anchor is a very good thing, and that Ancient India would have been in deep trouble if Alexander hadn't shown up.’
    • ‘Wayne Hutchinson was again the sheet anchor of the defence with strong support from Johnny Kearney and Paul Hogan.’
    • ‘Besides, with the team filled with stroke makers, we need a sheet anchor.’
    • ‘He had no use for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, Mr. Clinton's sheet anchor that the U.S. Senate had refused to ratify.’
    • ‘Jim Wallace has been the sheet anchor for the Executive through turbulent times.’
    • ‘The philosophy was accepted and it remained a sheet anchor for the fledgling state of Israel which came into being in 1947.’
    • ‘Their sheet anchor is that they were performing it gratuitously and therefore no liability for its performance can arise.’
    • ‘One of the first things the British did in their zone of Germany was to sponsor a new trade union confederation, the sheet anchor of democracy in the years to come.’
    • ‘As part of his general moral and physical decline, he loses all interest in his work, ‘the work which had been the sheet anchor of his character’.’
    • ‘Quickly sizing up the situation, Bangar settled down to playing the role of sheet anchor to perfection.’
    • ‘With Kallis playing the perfect game of sheet anchor while not being overly defensive, the strokemakers could play their shots without fear.’
    • ‘At the moment, I do not find that sheet anchor, at least not readily.’
    • ‘Modern Indian history is riddled with sheet anchors, which must be a contradiction in terms if sheet anchors are meant to exist only in the singular.’
    • ‘When I quitted the terra firma of Physic this was my sheet anchor, tho’ not my only hope.’


Late 15th century perhaps related to obsolete shot, denoting two cables spliced together, later influenced by sheet.