An Offer He Can’t Refuse

Meaning of “An Offer He Can’t Refuse”

This phrase is “an offer he can’t refuse” means that if an offer is desirable or has a large sum involved, a person cannot refuse. It also means that it may have risks involved with it. The receiver is perhaps being threatened by the giver. Additionally, there might be consequences that could ensue if he or she refuses to take the offer. The use of “can” point to this possibility of the threat attached to such an offer.

Origin of “An Offer He Can’t Refuse”

The full expression “an offer he can’t refuse” has appeared in a film Burn Em Up Barnes released in 1934. A character, Jason Robards uses this expression in the following dialogue: “I’ll maker her an offer she can’t refuse.” However, the meaning in dialogue is different. Here, it is only a temptation and no consequences, which show only generosity with no risk.

The second appearance of this expression is found in the novel, The Godfather, by Mario Puzo. He also scripted a movie on his book which was released in 1972. The phrase appears in the book and the movie. In both cases, the meanings are almost the same in that a threat is attached to the offer.

Examples of “An Offer He Can’t Refuse”

Example #1

An Offer She Can’t Refuse by Reeve Oliver

You have no need to worry
I won’t have you removed
Though our love may get blurry
I’ll be loyal to you
Whatever you want, you wish
Our enemies sleep with the fish
And you have no need to labor
I won’t sever from you
In your debt here’s a favor
All my days just for you
I know what you’d do
You said
And I’d find a horse in my bed
Or just the head
Just hold me close
Tell me you love me
But please don’t ask me what I do
Being with me
It isn’t easy
They’ll try and turn me against you
But it won’t do
If I can survive
Then I will make you mine
An offer she cannot refuse
No sign of gunpoint
This time legitimate

An offer she cannot refuse

The artist Reeve Oliver has sung this beautiful song of the same title. The singer vows that whatever circumstances he may face, he would stay loyal to his beloved. He also adds he is in a confused state of mind and only wants his love for him though he may find a horse in his bed. He is of the view that he is making a legitimate offer that she cannot refuse. By this, the singer is demonstrating the real meanings attached to this phrase. Therefore, he has to repeat it as a “legitimate” offer as he has already stated that there is “No sign of gunpoint.”

Example #2

An Offer He Can’t Refuse by Theresa Ragan

This novel narrates an intriguing tale of a lady, Madison Phillips, who is searching for a husband to inherit millions from her grandfather. Otherwise, her cousin, Heather, will get that inheritance. She, however, finds a millionaire widower, Jackson Lang, who is also looking for a lady to look after his children and not for love. It is very interesting that despite having no love between the two, they convince families and friends that they have an offer for each other that they cannot refuse. The meanings of this phrase used in the title become more evident when they start performing this feat.

Example #3

The Plan from Tgif and Other Short Stories by Richard V. Martin

“Gentlemen, I have found the perfect self-registration. It is clean as whistle. Fifty million shares, 25 years old, no debt, no stock out and the owner is still alive, so we won’t have to go through a shelf or shell specialist. If I can get it that is. On top of all that, he still owns 1000 acres of land in New Mexico. If we get it, we kill two birds with one stone. When gold mining stocks were hot, he spent his full time prospecting the land in the Elk Mountain range south west of Albuquerque. Additionally, I put my old show business halt on and camp up with an original idea in the way we promote this scam. In most cases, the phony companies hire one of those promotional firms to tout the stock. They are too obvious these days. Warning flags go up immediately. I am leaving from here to meet with the old timer and make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

This paragraph has been taken from the short story of Richard Martin ‘The Plan’. The story is about the world of property and its phony business. The main character is facing a recession in the market of property in which he works as a seller. He is trying to convince a young man that they must find an old man for his land. They want to offer him something that he cannot refuse. The use of this phrase by the end of the sentence shows that he is going to attach a tempting offer to the buyer instead of a threat.

Example #4

An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Jill Mansell

This novel tells the story of a girl, Lola, who is given a good offer by the mother of her boyfriend to break the relationship. Meanwhile, she discovers another secret about her friend Dougie. After breaking up, she meets him after ten years and feels that she still loves him. It is interesting to observe that in the past, Lola has already accepted that offer and left him. Now he has come back in her life. The title goes both ways. Lola was given an offer she didn’t refuse and left her friend. However, there was a new offer involved. So, they get back together after a decade.

Examples in Sentences

Example #1: “Nelson was tempted when he heard about new car exchange. He felt it was an offer he can’t refuse but wasn’t sure if he had that kind of money.”

Example #2: “Theo agreed it be a prime witness against the killer. The police offered to protect him, and it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

Example #3: “The teacher said if anyone scores an A+ in the test will get a ticket to the latest Disney film. Students are determined to try their best because it is an offer they can’t refuse.”

Example #4: “I shall give you an offer you can’t refuse, or you lose.”

Example #5: “Tom offered two fresh apples it Billy if he painted some part of the fence. For Billy, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse. So he agreed.”

An Albatross Around One’s Neck

Meaning of “An Albatross Around One’s Neck”

The phrase “an albatross around one’s neck” refers to a similar phrase, “a weight around one’s neck.” Albatross is considered a heavy bird. The weight in this phrase has been replaced with albatross. Therefore, it means a person has some serious issue which like a weight or burden he/she has to carry with them. In other words, the phrase points to a person’s bad luck.

Origin of “An Albatross Around One’s Neck”

There is no printed record of the phrase’s first usage. However, it is stated that it has been used in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by S. T. Coleridge where he has mentioned the bird, albatross. The poem was published in 1798, and the following verse has the phrase in a different form:

“Ah. well a-day. what evil looks
Had I from old and young
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung.”

Examples in Literature

Example #1

The Albatross Around My Neck by Oti Egwu

Two steps forward
And flight of stairs backwards;
My expectations were devoid of detours
But easy rides without contours.

For it started off as a sweet song,
Now it roars in raging storm,
Leaving me bare and stupefied
Like a gordian knot yet untie.

Fantasies in country miles away from home
seemed realistic,
Until the misery of nocturnal mystery,
Unguarded amity,
Life’s melee,
And a year’s effort less kingly
Doled out sensations of reality check’
That there’s an albatross around my neck.

These struggles are no mere litmus test.
Beneath it lies stellar progress,
And within the ranks of my choices are no regrets.
So, what albatross around my neck?
The one swerving me into the pantheons of the greats.

Oti Egwu tells about a girl takes two steps forward to improve her living as a migrant in the foreign land. However, she also makes a full flight of stairs backward when she faces problems. She has harbored fantasies of foreign lands. However, now they have turned into an albatross around her neck. Due to this weight, she is carrying, she cannot go back or leave those dreams. She doesn’t complain anymore and hopes for a single stroke of luck to make her great.

Example #2

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Till a great sea-bird, called the Albatross, came through the snow-fog, and
was received with great joy and hospitality.

At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came ;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God’s name.

It ate the food it ne’er had eat,
And round and round it flew.
The ice did split with a thunder-fit ;
The helmsman steered us through!

And lo ! the Albatross proveth a bird of good omen, and followeth the ship
as it returned northward through fog and floating ice.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is the first poem or literary piece which has shown how an albatross has become a symbol of a burden on somebody. It also shows how this bird has been used in a phrase and become an idiomatic expression used vastly in the English language. On the other hand, the bird is also seen as a sign of good omen.

Example #3

Albatross Around the Neck by Anterrabae

I’m leaving this place with the cloths on my back
as if everything old were new again
I only said what you already knew, what you were thinking
there’s color in your sadness, in the way you move
like a pale yellow shining through a dirty white
what moves you like words that you love
(and our heart beat in our fingertips, without reason)
what captivates you to watch the ice melt
you’re offending motion, you are nothing but wings
I’ll tear them off
at least I have the everlasting novelty of uninhabited sensation
and the pleasure of uncertainty
what moves you like words that you love?
(and our heart beat in our fingertips without reason)
what captivates you to watch the ice melt
offending motion, you’re nothing but wings
offending motion, I’ll tear them off.
How many caesars have I been?
Every cadaver sacred, every cadaver critical
This world isn’t mine, it’s me
my conscience is nothing but a blot of ink
on a sheet of paper, tearing us apart.
One day the bitter angels of our character will string us back together
and two will become one.

The song is an extended metaphor of its title which has shown the use of this phrase. The singer expresses how love becomes an albatross or a weight for a person when they separate. The poet has beautifully repeated that though he can tear apart his beloved, one day, the angels of their character will meet and become one again. He also hopes that one day the weight, will be gone and they will be together.

Example #4

Gold Coast by James Alan McPherson

I assured her that I would do it at the slightest provocation from Sullivan, finally accepted an apple but refused the money she offered, and escaped back to my mopping. Even then she watched me, smiling, from her half-opened door.

“Why does, Miss O’ Hara hate you?” I asked James once.

He lifted his cigaretted hand and let the long ash fall elegantly to the floor. “That old bitch has been an albatross around my neck ever since I got here,” he said. “Don’t trust her, Robert. It was her kind that sat around singing hymns and watching them burn saints in this state.”

This paragraph has been taken from the short story ‘Gold Coast’. The narrator describes her work of mopping the floor and asking James about Miss O’ Hara. In response, he uses this phrase to state that the old lady has become rather a burden on him, which he wants to get rid of but could not. The phrase is used with a bit of advice to Robert, the narrator, that he should not trust in her strong religious beliefs.

Examples in Sentences

Example #1: “John is an albatross around my neck as he depends on me about financial issues.”

Example #2: “When you cheat someone, and your conscience doesn’t agree, the guilt will be an albatross around your neck. You better confess and come clean to get rid of this unwanted weight.”

Example #3: “His friend declared Ronny as an albatross around his neck because Ronny always depends on him to do his laundry and cooking.”

Example #4: “If you have something in your heart, let it out. Don’t carry your pain like an albatross around your neck.”

Example #5: “Tia wanted to be a singer but chose to be a florist to support her mother. Since she left her dream behind, the guild weighs like an albatross around her neck.”


A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss

Meanings of “A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss”

This phrase, “a rolling stone gathers no moss” is one of the famous English proverbs. It is taken literally, and a rolling stone refers to a wanderer or traveler. Here, the moss is a symbol of patience, experience and persistence. It is a common perception about mosses that they only thrive on stones, walls, or trees as they stay stagnant for long.  Therefore, it means a person who does not settle at one place, or job might be unreliable.

Origin of “A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss”

This phrase has a Latin and Greek origin as Erasmus quoted its different versions in his book, Adagia published in 1508.  This book is based on the collection of Latin proverbs. This phrase was found in the third volume of this book.

In the English language, this phrase was used by John Heywood published A Dialogue containing the number in effect of all the proverbs in the English tongue in 1546. It has appeared: “The rollyng stone neuer gatherth mosse”.

Examples in Literature

Example #1

Rollin’ Stone – written by Stan Wilson and sung by The Kingston Trio

“A rollin’ stone gathers no moss.
So, as far as I can see, I guess I was meant to be just a rollin’ stone.
A rollin’ stone gathers no moss.
A rollin’ stone hasn’t a boss.
Just like a Spring or a Summer’s breeze, I can roll just where I please.
I’m just a rollin’ stone.
Can’t lose my way, all directions are the same when I’m a-travelin’.
I’ve got no home, sweet home.
Just keep boppin’, never stoppin’, couldn’t even if I wanted to, I’ve got to roam and roll.
A rollin’ stone gathers no moss.
A rollin’ stone’s like that coin that you toss.
But I don’t need level ground. I can roll up hill or down.
I’m just a rollin’ stone.
When I’m travelin’, all directions are the same. A string unravelin’, I don’t think that I’m to blame.
Some might think my life’s a loss. A rollin’ stone never gets lost.
So, I’ll just keep playin’ it straight ’til I roll right through that gate.
I’m just a rollin’ stone.
A rollin’ stone.”

Rollin’ Stone is a popular song sung by a famous American musical band, The Kinston Trio. The singer compares himself to a rolling stone who does not settle anywhere. In the song, the phrase has been used as the title as well as a refrain. Its usage gives its true essence in the song as the poet compares himself directly with rolling stone and prefers to enjoy his life being a traveler. Therefore, it is an extended metaphor of the poet himself.

Example #2

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss by Harry Graham

“I never understood, I own,
What anybody (with a soul)
Could mean by offering a Stone
This needless warning not to Roll;
And what inducement there can be
To gather Moss I fail to see…

Of all the Stones I ever met,
In calm repose upon the ground,
I really never found one yet
With a desire to roll around;
Theirs is a stationary role, —
(A joke,– and feeble on the whole).

But, if I were a stone, I swear
I’d sooner move and view the World
Than sit and grow the greenest hair
That ever nature combed and curled.
I see no single saving grace
In being known as ‘Mossyface!’ …

Then, human stones, take my advice,
(As you should always do, indeed);
This proverb may be very nice,
But don’t you pay it any heed,
And, tho’ you make the critics cross,
Roll on, and never mind the moss”

Here, moss is defined as merit set by society for a successful person. At the beginning of the poem, the poet seems confused about the warning about rolling and gathering of moss.  After a few stanzas, he considers himself a stone which he admires as he sees the world through a stone’s eye. However, in the last stanza, he contradicts the real meaning of the phrase and uses it positively as he prefers to keeping rolling or moving without having any worry about the moss, which means experience.

Example #3

Like a Rolling Stone – by Bob Dylan

Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
People’d call, say, “Beware doll, you’re bound to fall”
You thought they were all kiddin’ you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin’ out
Now you don’t talk so loud
Now you don’t seem so proud
About having to be scrounging around
For your next meal
How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be without a home
With no direction home?
Like a complete unknown?
Like a rolling stone?

These verses are taken from the lyric of the same title sung by Bob Dylan and written by Robert Dylan. This song is about a woman who used to be rich and successful in her past. However, her present is not the same. Now she is homeless, with no direction and is a stranger like a rolling stone. Hence, the phrase is used in its literal sense as “rolling stone” is a metaphor used for the woman who doesn’t have a permanent place to stay.

Examples in Sentences

Example#1: “He just five years old, so every day he will dream of becoming something new when he grows up. Once he is old, he’ll know a rolling stone gathers no moss.”

Example#2: “What do you want to be, a doctor or an engineer. Choose wisely. Don’t be like a rolling stone that gathers no moss. Be consistent in your career.”

Example#3: “Tim was partially right. I am indeed a rolling stone. I will not gather any moss at the end. It’s fine with me, and I don’t want to settle in one place.”

Example#4: “Don’t be a rolling stone Allen, flourish! Don’t be a mule, prosper! Otherwise, you will end up with no moss but regrets and remorse.”

Example#5: “According to Julie’s mother, if a girl is not married by 25, she is a rolling stone that gathers no moss because she doesn’t have a family of her own. However, Julie wouldn’t care because she wanted to be a successful musician.”

Out, Out—

Out, Out—

by Robert Frost

The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.
And from there those that lifted eyes could count
Five mountain ranges one behind the other
Under the sunset far into Vermont.
And the saw snarled and rattled, snarled and rattled,
As it ran light, or had to bear a load.
And nothing happened: day was all but done.
Call it a day, I wish they might have said
To please the boy by giving him the half hour
That a boy counts so much when saved from work.
His sister stood beside him in her apron
To tell them ‘Supper.’ At the word, the saw,
As if to prove saws knew what supper meant,
Leaped out at the boy’s hand, or seemed to leap—
He must have given the hand. However it was,
Neither refused the meeting. But the hand!
The boy’s first outcry was a rueful laugh,
As he swung toward them holding up the hand
Half in appeal, but half as if to keep
The life from spilling. Then the boy saw all—
Since he was old enough to know, big boy
Doing a man’s work, though a child at heart—
He saw all spoiled. ‘Don’t let him cut my hand off—
The doctor, when he comes. Don’t let him, sister!’
So. But the hand was gone already.
The doctor put him in the dark of ether.
He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath.
And then—the watcher at his pulse took fright.
No one believed. They listened at his heart.
Little—less—nothing!—and that ended it.
No more to build on there. And they, since they
Were not the one dead, turned to their affairs.

Summary of Out, Out—

Popularity of the Poem, “Out, Out”: This poem is written by Robert Frost, a great American poet. Out, Out is a narrative poem with themes of sympathy and pain. It was first published in 1916. The poem is about a young boy who loses his hand in an accident. The poem highlights what people feel about the young boy’s passing and also death. The poet used references from Shakespeare’s Macbeth to compare the unpreparedness and shock of death.

“Out, Out ” As a Representative of Death: The poem narrates the tragic death of a boy, who accidentally severed his hand while working on the farm. The young boy later dies in a shock. At the outset, the speaker presents a graphic description of a dangerous saw, which was the main cause of death. The speaker also provides the description of eye-catching sights and soothing sounds of the farm, which were interrupted by the unpleasant noise of the saw. The day was about to end, but the laborers were still working on the farm. When the young boy’s sister called him for supper, out of excitement, he is distracted. The accident severs his hand. Out of fear, he begged his sister not to allow the doctor to amputate his wounded hand. The doctor anesthetized him for treatment, but he dies. Surprisingly, everyone moves on with their lives as if the tragedy was an ordinary event. The cold response of the people about young boy reveals the hardships of working people.

Major Themes in “Out, Out”: Death, child labor and fragility of life are the major themes of this poem. Robert Frost has highlighted the issue of child labor in this short poem. Although the boy performs man’s tasks, he is still an innocent child at heart. The ending of the poem is callous, shocking, and cruel. People behave indifferently on the death of that boy. There are no signs of mourning or sadness on their faces. They return to their work as if nothing has happened.

Analysis of Literary Devices Used in “Out, Out “

Literary devices are tools used by writers to convey their emotions, ideas, and themes to make texts more appealing to the reader. Robert Frost has also used some literary devices in this poem to narrate the tragic death of a young boy. The analysis of some of the literary devices used in this poem has been stated below.

  • Assonance: Assonance is the repetition of vowel sounds in the same line. For example, the sound of /o/ in “And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood” and the sound of /i/ in “He lay and puffed his lips out with his breath.”
  • Consonance: Consonance is the repetition of consonant sounds in the same line. For example, the sound of /t/ in “The doctor, when he comes. Don’t let him, sister” and the sound of /v/ in “He must have given the hand. However it was.”
  • Alliteration: Alliteration is the repetition of consonant sounds in the same line in quick succession such as the sound of /s/ in “Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.”
  • Personification: Personification is to give human qualities to inanimate objects. For example, the saw, which is compared to a buzzing sound is personified, “The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard; And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood.”
  • Imagery: Imagery is used to make readers perceive things involving their five senses. For example, “The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard”; “And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood” and “The doctor put him in the dark of ether.”
  • Symbolism: Symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities, by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal meanings. Here sunset symbolizes the end of the young boy’s life.
  • Onomatopoeia: It refers to the words related to the natural sounds of animals or objects. The poet has used the words buzz, snarled, and rattled are examples of onomatopoeia.
  • Enjambment: It is defined as a thought or clause that does not come to an end at a line break; instead, it moves over the next line. For example,

“The buzz saw snarled and rattled in the yard
And made dust and dropped stove-length sticks of wood,
Sweet-scented stuff when the breeze drew across it.”

Analysis of Poetic Devices Used in “Out, Out “

Poetic and literary devices are the same, but a few are used only in poetry. Here is the analysis of some of the poetic devices used in this poem.

  • Stanza: A stanza is a poetic form of lines and verses. The poem is a long narrative poem of thirty-four lines with no stanza break.
  • Free Verse: Free verse is a type of poetry that does not contain patterns of rhyme or meter. This is a free-verse poem without strict rhyme or meter.
  • Repetition: There is a repetition of the verse, “The buzz saw snarled and rattled” has created a musical quality in the poem
  • Refrain: The lines that are repeated at some distance in the poem are called refrain. The verse, “The buzz saw snarled and rattled” is repeated with the same words, it has become a refrain as it has been repeated in the first and seventh lines of the poem.

Quotes to be Used

The lines stated below can be used to describe the enchanting beauty of nature. These lines can also be used to tell children to make them aware of the lovely sights people enjoy in the farms.

“And from there those that lifted eyes could count
Five mountain ranges one behind the other
Under the sunset far into Vermont.”

Anchors Aweigh

Meaning of “Anchors Aweigh”

The phrase “anchors aweigh” is specifically used for ships when they are prepared to leave. An anchor is a device used on ships when they are made to stay at the harbor. However, when they are prepared to leave the port, the captain ensures that the anchors are pulled back and placed at the right place. Therefore, it is called “anchors aweigh,” which means the ship is prepared to leave the port or harbor. In other words, “aweigh” means to pull up. When an anchor is pulled up and placed on the deck, this act is noted down in the logbook to make the crew alert that now the ship is free to go.

Origin of “Anchors Aweigh”

The evolution of this phrase is stated to have emerged from marine jargons. It is believed that John Smith has used a similar phrase in A Sea Grammar published in 1627 which shows this phrase “What is the Anchor away” which means whether the anchor has been lifted or not.

William Henry Smyth, a naval officer, who also compiled a nautical dictionary titled ‘The Sailor’s Word-Book’ and published in 1867 has mentioned this term. It goes,

“The anchor is a-trip, or a-weigh, where the purchase has just made it break ground, or raised it clear. Sails are a-trip when they are hoisted from the cap [a thick block of wood], sheeted home, and ready for trimming.”

However, in literature appears in Dryden’s The Tempest published in 1670 in which it is discussed between Trinculo and Stephano.

Examples in Literature

Example #1

Anchors Aweigh by Saiom Shriver

The breaking of the day
Light over the sea
makes its way.
Wind counterpoints
the ‘anchors aweigh!’
as it fills our sails
from across the bay
takes us blissfully away

Saimo Shriver is an Ohio based American poet who has written many poems. This poem, with the title of this phrase, shows a simple thought of drifting into the vastness of the sea through the course of the wind. However, it does not happen unless “anchors aweigh”. It means the preparation of the ship to move away from the port and continue its blissful journey.

Example #2

Anchors Aweigh – United States Marine Band

Stand Navy out to sea,
Fight our battle cry
We’ll never change our course,
So vicious foe steer shy-y-y-y.
Roll out the TNT,
Anchors Aweigh.
Sail on to victory
And sink their bones to Davy Jones, hooray!
Anchors Aweigh, my boys,
Anchors Aweigh.

Farewell to foreign shores,
We sail at break of day-ay-ay-ay.
Through our last night ashore,
Drink to the foam,
Until we meet once more.
Here’s wishing you a happy voyage home.
Blue of the mighty deep
Gold of God’s great sun.

Let these our colors be
Till all of time be done, done, done, done.
On seven seas we learn
Navy’s stern call
Faith, courage, service true,
With honor, over honor, over all.

Written by Alfred H Miles and his colleagues and sung by the United States Marine Band, this lyric shows the excellent use of this phrase. The song is sung to praise the courageous American marines who sail out and win battles for the United States. It has been used twice in the text. Once as a simple phrase and second time as a call for preparation to move away from harbors.

Example #3

Anchors Aweigh by Norman Edward Robinson, Sarah E. Weber

Anchors Aweigh is a biography of Norman Edward Robinson who was 9th grade English teacher. He joined the American navy and participated in different naval voyages as well as battles during WWII. The story is also a love tale as his fiancée waited for him for years. Although it is a family and love saga, it also gives glimpses of his naval career which sheds light on the protagonist’s life as a naval officer.

Example #4

Anchors AWeigh  – directed by George Sidney

This is a musical comedy released in the United States in 1945 starring Kathryn Grayson and Frank Sinatra with songs form Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. It is the story of two sailors who go to the Hollywood shore for enjoyment and meet a boy and his sister. Later, they try to arrange an audition at a studio. The film features various other actors including Jose Iturbi. The central theme of the comedy is to move up in life instead of “anchors aweigh” in nautical terminology for the preparation of the ships to leave the ports and docks.

Examples in Sentences

Example #1: “When anchors aweigh, the harbors become empty. That’s not always a pretty sight.”

Example #2: “When the ship wasn’t moving. The captain ordered the sailor to check if the anchor was aweigh.”

Example #3: “When the captain cries ‘anchors aweigh’ it becomes a rallying cry for all the crew to leave the harbor.”

Example #4: “You can keep worrying about your future and sit here your whole life. Or you can say to yourself ‘anchors aweigh’ and move on.”

Example #5: “By this time, our last anchor was aweigh, and the ship was clear of the bottom. – The Pirates’ Chronicles: Greatest Sea Adventure Books & Treasure Hunt Tales”


Suicides in The Bible

The Bible is known as the world’s greatest compilation of stories of wonder, hope, and unconditional love. However, the Bible also contains the shortcomings of life.  Once inside, stories of loneliness, desperation, and hopelessness are found. Suicide is considered one of the greatest sins in the Bible. This act is also currently plaguing the world without discriminating the class and race.

In the heat of the moment, emotional lapses begin to break a person’s better judgment. The person commits a decision that is both tragic and unfortunate. The Bible tells a few accounts of suicides that aren’t due to prolonged loneliness and suffering. Instead, it is an urge of sudden desperation in moments of guilt, helplessness, and even sacrifice. In this article, we’ll discuss stories of suicides from the Bible.

Judas Iscariot

Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? See you to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. – Matthew 27: 3-5

Probably the most prominent story of taking one’s life is of Judas Iscariot. He was one of Jesus’s disciples. Although Jesus’s twelve disciples were not perfect, all of them displayed loyalty to Jesus Christ. However, Judas sealed his own fate and will always be remembered for his act of betrayal. For 30 pieces of silver, Judas went to the priests of the Temple and offered to hand him over to the Roman soldiers. He led them to the Garden of Gethsemane and identified Jesus by kissing him and calling him, Rabbi. He immediately regretted his decision and returned the silver to the priests. In a decisive instance, he hanged himself as repentance.

Saul, The First King of Israel

Saul groaned to his armor bearer, “Take your sword and kill me before these pagan Philistines come to run me through and taunt and torture me. But his armor bearer was afraid and would not do it. So Saul took his own sword and fell on it. – 1 Samuel 31:4

Unlike other kings and royalty, Saul stopped trusting God during his reign. He disobeyed God by failing to complete an order of destroying the Amalekites and all of their earthly possessions. He also began to depend on the soothsayers. As Saul disobeyed God, his Kingship was withdrawn, and God sent Samuel the Prophet to choose David as the next King of Israel. However, during his reign, Saul celebrated David’s victory over the Philistine giant and other triumphs. As he became jealous, Saul plotted revenge towards David. While David was in hiding, Saul lost the battle with the Philistines. As he didn’t want to die in the hands of the enemy, he falls on his own swords to end his life.


Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived. – Judges 16:30

Samson was known for his incredible feats of strength that came from his hair. He was also blindly in love with Delilah. Later, she discovered the source of his power and used it against him. His long hair was shaved. Samson was also tortured and had his eyes gouged out. They took him as a prisoner, grinding grain for the Philistines. One day he was brought to the Temple of Dagon to entertain the Philistines. Samson called out to God to give him the strength to defeat his nation’s enemy. With one thunderous blow, the temple came to rubble and dust. Some would say that this act of greatness is not one’s choice of taking his own life. Instead, it was a sacrifice so that others may live in peace.


Then he called quickly to the young man, his armor bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that it will not be said of me, ‘A woman slew him.’” So [a]the young man pierced him through, and he died. – Judges 9:54

King Abimelech’s death was God’s punishment for his evil deeds. During the battle, a woman dropped a grinding stone that landed on his head, crushing his skull. He called his armor-bearer and commanded him to draw his own sword and kill him. He didn’t want people to know that a woman was responsible for his death.


When Ahithophel realized that his advice had not been followed, he saddled his donkey and returned to his house in his hometown. After setting his household in order, he hanged himself. So he died and was buried in the grave of his father. – 2 Samuel 17:23

He was King David’s advisor who joins David’s son Absalom in revolt. Later, he realized that King David is going to win after, after listening to Hushai’s advise to Absalom. He felt disgraced and humiliated. Knowing that they will lose the revolt and hanged himself.


When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the royal palace and set the palace on fire around him. So he died, 19 because of the sins he had committed – 1 Kings 16:18

He was the chariot commander that brought death to King Elah and all of his loved ones at Tirzah, Zimri was then put to the throne. However, he only ruled for seven days as the army chose Omri to be their king. Seeing that there is no way out, he set the palace on fire and killed himself in flames.

In some accounts, righteousness people are seen to express their desire of taking their own lives but none of them committed to the tragic incident. Some of them include Elijah, Jeremiah, Jonah, and Paul. Suffering from an overwhelming amount of physical and emotional difficulties, Paul articulated his desire to die. However, he went on and lived his life for the service of God, preaching the people.

Important: Suicide is a significant matter in society and is a crucial argument in the Bible. During ancient times, the connotation of suicide is a desperate means of salvaging one’s honor and dignity. As recommended by psychologists worldwide, individuals with suicidal tendencies need to seek help. Also, it is worth noting that the examples mentioned above are for educational and informational purposes only.