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Most often thought to mean the cutting of an anchor line in an effort to make a quick getaway, whether from storm or pirates.  It is hard to imagine that many ship's masters enjoyed routinely losing an anchor or two, so it more likely refers to the practice of securing the sails of a square-rigged ship with rope yarns that could easily be cut away when a quick departure was necessary. Posted on Friday, August 20, 2004 7:07 PM Day Job , & Etc. | Back to top


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