Hi everyone what does "Anchor the rear hand"?. I just recently started watching the TV series Arrow and on one of the episodes someone said "Anchor the rear hand".

Does it mean to attack the weaker hand?

Source (about 30 lines in)

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    I found a transcript for this. Unfortunately, it doesn't make any more sense in context. Are you relying on the subtitles for this quote? Sometimes subtitles get transcribed incorrectly.
    – phenry
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 20:42
  • The context for this quote is two men are involved in some kind of martial arts training, fighting with a metal bar in each hand.
    – Neil W
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 0:59

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I'm not going to bother researching the exact context any further than to note that it's in the full transcript of the show, which seems to be about a news team operating in some physically precarious conditions. The speaker says...

Me getting killed isn't how we do things, either, is it? Is it? Get in the van! Anchor the rear hand, Diggle.

So my guess is he's asking Diggle to anchor (hold on to, or otherwise secure) his (the speaker's) "rear" hand while he leans forward with his "front" hand holding a camera or microphone. He presumably want to be "anchored" so he doesn't fall out of the van and maybe get killed.

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