in dock

in dock

1. Literally, of a boat or ship, moored in a dock. My uncle owns a small river boat in Cambridge, but it's been in dock since the 80s.
2. In custody for a crime. Primarily heard in UK. A former aide of the slain member of parliament is in dock on suspicions of involvement in his murder.
3. In trouble with a figure or body of authority. Primarily heard in UK. The football manager may be in dock after making a series of inflammatory comments about the referee overseeing last night's match.
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in dock

1 (of a ship) moored in a dock. 2 (of a person) not fully fit and out of action. British informal 3 (of a vehicle) in a garage for repairs.
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References in classic literature ?
The profitable ship will carry a large load through all the hazards of the weather, and, when at rest, will stand up in dock and shift from berth to berth without ballast.
But despite these advances, procedural and maintenance failings were laid bare when one of the IN's Kilo-class submarines exploded in dock in Mumbai, killing 18 personnel and writing off the vessel.