It is in truth the sheet-anchor of our connection with France, which will be much loosened when that is lost.
To those who had been with him before he was like a sheet-anchor in a storm.
The vessel had four anchors; the sheet-anchor, the second or working anchor, and two bower-anchors.
The belief which had been her sheet-anchor in hoping for forgiveness had proved false.
Here is the sheet-anchor, he said, pulling his little Bible from his pocket, the Word of God.
His Irish experience continued to be the sheet-anchor of his ascendency with the Queen.
I promised, and dropped asleep, holding on to Tom as if he was my sheet-anchor.
He was like to become the sheet-anchor, the arbiter, the referee.
When this was accomplished, however, it was so effectually done as to render the hold even greater than that of the sheet-anchor.
Since his sheet-anchor had come home, Mr. Gradgrind had been sparing of speech.