from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. the order to man the windlass preparatory to hauling up the anchor.
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I noted its effect on my small crew, when, breaking their backs and hearts at heaving up anchor in forty fathoms, they knocked off gasping and trembling at the end of half an hour and had new life put into them by stiff jolts of rum.
We hove up anchor to a jolly chanty, and sailed out of Yokohama harbour for San Francisco.
Late that afternoon we hove up anchor and got away.