sheet anchor

noun
1.
Nautical. a large anchor used only in cases of emergency.
2.
a final reliance or resource, as when in danger.

Origin:
1485–95

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sheet anchor
 
n
1.  nautical a large strong anchor for use in emergency
2.  a person or thing to be relied upon in an emergency
 
[C17: from earlier shute anker, from shoot (obsolete) the sheet of a sail]

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