dock

3
[ dok ]
/ dɒk /

noun

the place in a courtroom where a prisoner is placed during trial.

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Idioms for dock

    in the dock, being tried in a court, especially a criminal court; on trial.

Origin of dock

3
1580–90; perhaps < Dutch dok (dial. sense) cage, poultry pen, rabbit hutch
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British Dictionary definitions for in the dock (1 of 4)

dock1
/ (dɒk) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for dock

C14: from Middle Dutch docke; perhaps related to Latin ducere to lead

British Dictionary definitions for in the dock (2 of 4)

dock2
/ (dɒk) /

noun

the bony part of the tail of an animal, esp a dog or sheep
the part of an animal's tail left after the major part of it has been cut off

verb (tr)

to remove (the tail or part of the tail) of (an animal) by cutting through the boneto dock a tail; to dock a horse
to deduct (an amount) from (a person's wages, pension, etc)they docked a third of his wages

Word Origin for dock

C14: dok, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for in the dock (3 of 4)

dock3
/ (dɒk) /

noun

an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial

Word Origin for dock

C16: from Flemish dok sty

British Dictionary definitions for in the dock (4 of 4)

dock4
/ (dɒk) /

noun

any of various temperate weedy plants of the polygonaceous genus Rumex, having greenish or reddish flowers and typically broad leaves
any of several similar or related plants

Word Origin for dock

Old English docce; related to Middle Dutch, Old Danish docke, Gaelic dogha
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Idioms and Phrases with in the dock (1 of 2)

in the dock

On trial, especially in a criminal case. For example, The accused stood in the dock through the entire proceeding. This expression employs dock in the sense of “an enclosed place for the defendant in a court of law,” a usage dating from the late 1500s, and is used even in American courts where no such enclosure exists.

Idioms and Phrases with in the dock (2 of 2)

dock

see in the dock.

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