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sour dock

noun
1.
See under dock4 (def 1).
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English

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
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 sour-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 sour-dock

dock

n.

"ship's berth," late 15c., from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German docke, perhaps ultimately (via Late Latin *ductia "aqueduct") from Latin ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)); or possibly from a Scandinavian word for "low ground" (cf. Norwegian dokk "hollow, low ground"). Original sense perhaps "furrow a grounded vessel makes in a mud bank." As a verb from 1510s. Related: Docked; docking.

"where accused stands in court," 1580s, originally rogue's slang, from Flemish dok "pen or cage for animals," origin unknown.

name for various tall, coarse weeds, Old English docce, from Proto-Germanic *dokkon (cf. Middle Dutch docke-, German Docken-, Old Danish dokka), akin to Middle High German tocke "bundle, tuft," and ultimately to the noun source of dock (v.).

v.

"cut an animal's tail," late 14c., from dok (n.) "fleshy part of an animal's tail" (mid-14c.), related to Old English -docca "muscle," from Proto-Germanic *dokko "something round, bundle" (cf. Old Norse dokka "bundle, girl," Danish dukke "doll," German 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 sour-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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