put (one) in the dock

put (one) in the dock

To subject to intense scrutiny or examination; to accuse or assign blame to someone. An allusion to the place in a courtroom (the "dock") where a defendant sits during a trial. They're putting everyone in the dock until they can figure out who stole the money from the safe.
See also: dock, put

put somebody in the ˈdock

accuse somebody of doing something wrong: The government is being put in the dock for failing to warn the public about the flu epidemic.
The dock in a court of law is the place where the person who has been accused of a crime stands or sits during a trial.
See also: dock, put, somebody
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