Can someone explain to me the meaning of the following phrase:

You have to be more responsible, because you are going to play anchor role in the new project.

My manager said this to me. How should I take it? Was it complimentary or derisive or what?

  • This simply means you are going to spearhead the project. IMO, it could be considered complimentary if it meant a promotion or upward role movement. Otherwise, it is just a precaution so as not to mess things up. It depends entirely on the context and the facial expressions of the speaker, to some extent! – BiscuitBoy Jan 5 '16 at 11:35
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    Well, "spearhead" is just as figurative as "anchor". – GEdgar Jan 5 '16 at 12:47
  • You are going to be quarterbacking the project. – CDM Jan 5 '16 at 12:57
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    Basically you're going to be the "team leader" or "head technical guy" or whatever -- the person that others turn to and rely on for guidance, and the person who keeps the project on track. – Hot Licks Jan 5 '16 at 13:02
  • Thanks for your explanation BiscuitBoy, and he told that via messenger. – Manikandan Sekar Jan 5 '16 at 13:28


a person or thing that can be relied on for support, stability, or security; mainstay (definition number five in Dictionary.com

Congrats, you're going to be the go-to guy.

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    @Araucaria: I did? I must have been drunk. My apologies. – Ricky Jan 5 '16 at 11:33
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    @Araucaria: Sure thing. I do tend to be absentminded now and then. Not very often. Once again, my apologies. – Ricky Jan 5 '16 at 11:36
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    Thanks for the quick reply Ricky, your answer gave me positive views and enthusiasm – Manikandan Sekar Jan 5 '16 at 13:26

Here the manager means nearly "the boat anchor" like role.

An anchor is a connecting device that is used to connect a boat and seabed.

An anchor holds the ship or boat and don't let it go away in water. Your manager means the same for you in the statement above. I think you are going to be the key person of the new project and you are the one on whole project relies. You are the anchor for the new project.

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