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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. [1913 Webster] To lay an anchor to the windward, a figurative expression, signifying to adopt precautionary or anticipatory measures for success or security. [1913 Webster]