weigh the anchor


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Verb1.weigh the anchor - heave up an anchor in preparation for sailingweigh the anchor - heave up an anchor in preparation for sailing
heave up, heft, heft up, heave - lift or elevate
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Xury said it was a lion, and it might be so for aught I know; but poor Xury cried to me to weigh the anchor and row away; "No," says I, "Xury; we can slip our cable, with the buoy to it, and go off to sea; they cannot follow us far." I had no sooner said so, but I perceived the creature (whatever it was) within two oars' length, which something surprised me; however, I immediately stepped to the cabin door, and taking up my gun, fired at him; upon which he immediately turned about and swam towards the shore again.
Ulysse Nardin is speaking to modern explorers, to today's Ulysses, to those who make their own rules, weigh the anchor and swim against the tide.
Should it become necessary to completely change locations, it probably takes a slim 15 minutes to pull the decoy rig, weigh the anchor of the blind, attach it to the tender boat and speed to a new location.