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Davy Jones

[johnz] /dʒoʊnz/
the personification of the sea.
Origin of Davy Jones
First recorded in 1745-55; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • Put to rest in Davy Jones's locker this many a day, as likely as not.

    To-morrow Joseph Conrad
  • She's almost ready to send to Davy Jones's locker a Yankee ship or two.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • Davy Jones declared that he would keep the Maine boy to his promise.

  • Duke: There 'll be sailormen tonight what 's booked fer Davy Jones's locker.

    Wappin' Wharf Charles S. Brooks
  • "They are gone to Davy Jones's locker now," replied Perth, shaking his head.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • A typhoon had caught them in its grip and threatened to send them all to Davy Jones.

  • Jack, you may say what you wool; but I'll be d— if it was not Davy Jones himself.

  • “He was always dreading just this same thing,” said Davy Jones.

  • He said all of their boats were gone to Davy Jones' locker, and they could not.

    Torrey's Narrative William Torrey
British Dictionary definitions for Davy Jones

Davy Jones

Also called Davy Jones's locker. the ocean's bottom, esp when regarded as the grave of those lost or buried at sea
the spirit or devil of the sea
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for Davy Jones

"the spirit of the sea," 1751, first mentioned in Smollett's "The Adventures of Peregrin Pickle" (chapter 15) as an ominous and terrifying fiend who "presides over all the evil spirits of the deep, and is often seen in various shapes, perching among the rigging on the eve of hurricanes, shipwrecks and other disasters." Davy Jones's Locker "bottom of the sea," is 1803, from nautical slang, of unknown origin; second element may be from biblical Jonah, regarded as unlucky by sailors.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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