on the stocks

on the stocks

Currently undergoing construction, preparation, or repair. Said of vehicles, especially seafaring vessels. The huge passenger ferry that sank over the weekend was still on the stocks just a day before it set sail on its doomed first voyage.
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on the stocks

in construction or preparation.
During construction, a ship is supported on a frame or scaffolding known as the stocks .
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on the ˈstocks

in the process of being made, built or prepared: Our new model is already on the stocks and will be available in the spring.
Stocks refers to the frame that supports a ship or boat when it is being built.
See also: on, stock