Davy Jones's locker

Davy Jones's locker
noun Date: circa 1777 the bottom of the ocean

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Davy Jones's locker — Locker Lock er, n. 1. One who, or that which, locks. [1913 Webster] 2. A drawer, cupboard, compartment, or chest, esp. one in a ship, that may be closed with a lock. [1913 Webster] {Chain locker} (Naut.), a compartment in the hold of a vessel,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Davy Jones's Locker — Davy Jones Da vy Jones The spirit of the sea; sea devil; a term used by sailors. [1913 Webster] This same Davy Jones, according to the mythology of sailors, is the fiend that presides over all the evil spirits of the deep, and is seen in various… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Davy Jones' s locker — see under ↑Davy Jones. shot in the locker see under ↑shot1. • • • Main Entry: ↑locker …   Useful english dictionary

  • Davy Jones's locker — [jōn′ziz] n. the bottom of the sea; grave of those drowned at sea or buried there …   English World dictionary

  • Davy Jones's locker — noun the bottom of a sea or ocean • Syn: ↑ocean floor, ↑sea floor, ↑ocean bottom, ↑seabed, ↑sea bottom, ↑Davy Jones • Hypernyms: ↑bed, ↑bottom …   Useful english dictionary

  • Davy Jones’s locker — (infml often humor) the bottom of the sea, as the place where people who have died at sea lie dead. The origin of the expression is not known: The crew ended up in Davy Jones’s locker. * * * …   Universalium

  • Davy Jones's locker — humorous the bottom of the sea. No one knows how many wrecked ships there are in Davy Jones s locker …   New idioms dictionary

  • Davy Jones's locker —    a grave at sea    Grose says David Jones. The devil, the spirit of the sea . The first literary use was by Smollett in 1751. Derivation from the biblical Jonah is sometimes suggested. The locker was the seaman s chest:     All hands are snug… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • DAVY JONES'S LOCKER —    the sailors familiar name for the sea as a place of safe keeping, though why called of Davy Jones is uncertain …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Davy Jones's locker — noun informal the bottom of the sea, especially regarded as the grave of those drowned at sea. Origin from C18 naut. sl. Davy Jones, denoting the evil spirit of the sea …   English new terms dictionary

  • Davy Jones's locker — Da′vy Jones′ s lock′er [[t]ˈdʒoʊn zɪz, dʒoʊnz[/t]] n. the bottom of the ocean, esp. when regarded as the grave of all who perish at sea • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

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