Definition of in dock in English:

in dock

  • 1(Of a ship) moored in a dock.
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    • We don't know from the ship's log whether that ship was sailing that night, although normally on a Sunday night, the ship is in dock and doesn't sail.
    • ‘Besides, you said you'd think about it,’ Len said confidently as they were walking back to the ship that was in dock.
    • When the captain had read Maxwell's letter he told him that the ship had been in dock for four years and he could not afford to sail her.
  • 1.1British informal (Of a person) not fully fit and out of action: he grazed my arm and put me in dock for a couple of days
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    • Unluckily I managed to spend that five weeks in dock, a very boring time as they kept me in bed all the time.
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