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Davy Jones's locker

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Definition of Davy Jones's locker in English:

noun

informal
The bottom of the sea, especially regarded as the grave of those drowned at sea: the reef will consign us all to Davy Jones’s locker
More example sentences
  • A dinosaur-era Davy Jones's locker of large, predatory sea reptiles has been discovered by fossil hunters on an Arctic island.
  • Have my officer, Johnny; send him to Davy Jones's locker if he fights.
  • And you'd have thought they'd at least shed a tear or two when their old man vanishes into Davy Jones's locker.

Origin

extension of early 18th-century nautical slang Davy Jones, denoting the evil spirit of the sea.

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