to lay an anchor to the windward

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Windward \Wind"ward\, n.
   The point or side from which the wind blows; as, to ply to
   the windward; -- opposed to leeward.
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   To lay an anchor to the windward, a figurative expression,
      signifying to adopt precautionary or anticipatory measures
      for success or security.
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