the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial.
in the dock, being tried in a court, especially a criminal court; on trial.
a wharf or pier
a space between two wharves or piers for the mooring of ships
an area of water that can accommodate a ship and can be closed off to allow regulation of the water level
short for dry dock
short for scene dock
(mainly US & Canadian) a platform from which lorries, goods trains, etc, are loaded and unloaded
to moor (a vessel) at a dock or (of a vessel) to be moored at a dock
to put (a vessel) into a dry dock for repairs or (of a vessel) to come into a dry dock
(of two spacecraft) to link together in space or link together (two spacecraft) in space
the bony part of the tail of an animal, esp a dog or sheep
the part of an animal’s tail left after the major part of it has been cut off
to remove (the tail or part of the tail) of (an animal) by cutting through the bone: to dock a tail, to dock a horse
to deduct (an amount) from (a person’s wages, pension, etc): they docked a third of his wages
an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial
any of various temperate weedy plants of the polygonaceous genus Rumex, having greenish or reddish flowers and typically broad leaves
any of several similar or related plants
“ship’s berth,” late 15c., from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German docke, perhaps ultimately (via Late Latin *ductia “aqueduct”) from Latin ducere “to lead” (see duke (n.)); or possibly from a Scandinavian word for “low ground” (cf. Norwegian dokk “hollow, low ground”). Original sense perhaps “furrow a grounded vessel makes in a mud bank.” As a verb from 1510s. Related: Docked; docking.
“where accused stands in court,” 1580s, originally rogue’s slang, from Flemish dok “pen or cage for animals,” origin unknown.
name for various tall, coarse weeds, Old English docce, from Proto-Germanic *dokkon (cf. Middle Dutch docke-, German Docken-, Old Danish dokka), akin to Middle High German tocke “bundle, tuft,” and ultimately to the noun source of dock (v.).
“cut an animal’s tail,” late 14c., from dok (n.) “fleshy part of an animal’s tail” (mid-14c.), related to Old English -docca “muscle,” from Proto-Germanic *dokko “something round, bundle” (cf. Old Norse dokka “bundle, girl,” Danish dukke “doll,” German Docke “small column, bundle, doll, smart girl”). Meaning “to reduce (someone’s) pay for some infraction” is first recorded 1822. Related: Docked; docking.
To reduce one’s pay for some infraction: I’m docking you six bucks for being sassy
[1822+; fr dock, ”to cut off part of the tail,” fr a Middle English word meaning ”docked tail”]
see: in the dock
- In the doldrums
Depressed; dull and listless. For example, Dean’s in the doldrums for most of every winter. This expression alludes to the maritime doldrums, a belt of calms and light winds north of the equator in which sailing ships were often becalmed. [ Early 1800s ] Also see: down in the dumps
- In the dumper
- In the eye
In addition to the idiom beginning with in the eye
- In the eye of
1. In the center or focal point of something, as in They were right in the eye of this controversy. This term employs eye in the sense of “a central spot,” a usage dating from the mid-1700s. 2. in the eyes of. In the view or opinion of, from the standpoint of. For example, In […]