deck

[ dek ]
/ dɛk /

noun

adjective

Civil Engineering. (of a bridge truss) having a deck or floor upon or above the structure.Compare through(def 22).

verb (used with object)

Idioms

Origin of deck

1425–75; (noun) late Middle English dekke material for covering < Middle Dutch dec covering, roof; (v.) < Dutch dekken to cover; cognate with German decken; cf. thatch

Related forms

un·decked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for clear the decks

deck

/ (dɛk) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also deck over

Derived Forms

decker, noun

Word Origin for deck

C15: from Middle Dutch dec a covering; related to thatch
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Idioms and Phrases with clear the decks (1 of 2)

clear the decks


Prepare for action, as in I've finished all these memos and cleared the decks for your project, or Clear the decks—here comes the coach. This expression originated in naval warfare, when it described preparing for battle by removing or fastening down all loose objects on the ship's decks. [Second half of 1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with clear the decks (2 of 2)

deck


In addition to the idiom beginning with deck

  • deck out

also see:

  • clear the decks
  • hit the deck
  • on deck
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