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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Shoe the Anchor (To).
To cover the flukes of an anchor with a broad triangular piece of plank, in order that the anchor may have a stronger hold in soft ground. The French have the same phrase: ensoler l’ancre.   1

 Shoe a Goose (To).Shoe the Cob’bler (To). 

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