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bitter dock

noun
1.
See under dock4 (def 1).

dock4

[dok] /dɒk/
noun
1.
any of various weedy plants belonging to the genus Rumex, of the buckwheat family, as R. obtusifolius (bitter dock) or R. acetosa (sour dock) having long taproots.
2.
any of various other plants, mostly coarse weeds.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English dokke, Old English docce; cognate with Middle Dutch docke, Middle High German tocke
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British Dictionary definitions for bitter dock

dock1

/dɒk/
noun
1.
a wharf or pier
2.
a space between two wharves or piers for the mooring of ships
3.
an area of water that can accommodate a ship and can be closed off to allow regulation of the water level
4.
short for dry dock
5.
short for scene dock
6.
(mainly US & Canadian) a platform from which lorries, goods trains, etc, are loaded and unloaded
verb
7.
to moor (a vessel) at a dock or (of a vessel) to be moored at a dock
8.
to put (a vessel) into a dry dock for repairs or (of a vessel) to come into a dry dock
9.
(of two spacecraft) to link together in space or link together (two spacecraft) in space
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch docke; perhaps related to Latin ducere to lead

dock2

/dɒk/
noun
1.
the bony part of the tail of an animal, esp a dog or sheep
2.
the part of an animal's tail left after the major part of it has been cut off
verb (transitive)
3.
to remove (the tail or part of the tail) of (an animal) by cutting through the bone to dock a tail, to dock a horse
4.
to deduct (an amount) from (a person's wages, pension, etc) they docked a third of his wages
Word Origin
C14: dok, of uncertain origin

dock3

/dɒk/
noun
1.
an enclosed space in a court of law where the accused sits or stands during his trial
Word Origin
C16: from Flemish dok sty

dock4

/dɒk/
noun
1.
any of various temperate weedy plants of the polygonaceous genus Rumex, having greenish or reddish flowers and typically broad leaves
2.
any of several similar or related plants
Word Origin
Old English docce; related to Middle Dutch, Old Danish docke, Gaelic dogha
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Word Origin and History for bitter dock
dock
"ship's berth," late 15c., from M.Du. or M.L.G. docke, perhaps ultimately (via L.L. *ductia "aqueduct") from L. ducere "to lead" (see duke); or possibly from a Scand. word for "low ground" (cf. Norw. dokk "hollow, low ground"). Original sense was "furrow a grounded vessel makes in a mud bank." Related: Docked; docking.
dock
"where accused stands in court," 1586, originally rogue's slang, from Flem. dok "pen or cage for animals," origin unknown.
dock
"cut an animal's tail," late 14c., from dok (n.) "fleshy part of an animal's tail," related to O.E. -docca "muscle," from P.Gmc. *dokko "something round, bundle" (cf. O.N. dokka "bundle, girl," Dan. dukke "doll," Ger. Docke "small column, bundle, doll, smart girl"). Meaning "to reduce (someone's) pay for some infraction" is first recorded 1822. Related: Docked; docking.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bitter dock

dock

verb

To reduce one's pay for some infraction: I'm docking you six bucks for being sassy

[1822+; fr dock, ''to cut off part of the tail,'' fr a Middle English word meaning ''docked tail'']


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