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in dock

Definition of in dock in English:

1(Of a ship) moored in a dock.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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