Definition of on deck in US English:

on deck


  • 1On or onto a ship's main deck.

    ‘she stood on deck for hours’
    • ‘Bligh orders the ship's doctor, a dying man, to stand on deck despite his illness.’
    • ‘My days were spent on deck, working the ship and my nights were spent in Garren's pleasant company.’
    • ‘It seems that after the engines had been put out of action, the captain called everyone on deck and told them to abandon ship.’
    • ‘I was up on deck at first light along with most of the ship's occupants.’
    • ‘Once dressed in jeans and a t-shirt, Blair found Jim standing on deck, coffee in hand, looking out over the water.’
    • ‘Within seconds, the entire crew stood assembled on deck, looking expectantly at Shane.’
    • ‘It took an hour for the large refrigerated cargo ship to manoeuvre to bring the four on deck, using a rope ladder over the side.’
    • ‘We had been sitting inside because of the cold, but as the ferry began to pull into the dock, Maria went on deck and stood by the railing near the bow.’
    • ‘They're hundreds of miles into the Atlantic Ocean and they're probably standing on deck, holding glasses of champagne, and waiting to toast the New Year in.’
    • ‘On this occasion, people were sunbathing out on deck while the ship made its way between Ullapool and Stornoway.’
    1. 1.1North American informal Ready for action or work.
      • ‘It's a busy day, with no relief tonight - my wife's at the Bunco henfest, which means I'm on deck until midnight.’
      • ‘Also on deck was De Bruijn, who owns history's fastest 50 after three Chinese swimmers.’
      • ‘We begin with our friend Clint Eastwood, who's on deck in Washington.’
      • ‘I want to spend a few brief moments with David Ensor, CNN's national security correspondent on deck in Washington.’
      • ‘I'm back on deck today and ready for return to German class tonight, though I haven't done much revision.’
      • ‘I don't know how they organize who is on deck for media appearances, but they just have to be better prepared.…’
      • ‘And on deck in Salt Lake City is Kevin Peraino, correspondent covering the Smart story for ‘Newsweek’.’
      • ‘Martz's decision to stick with Warner come hell or high water becomes even more questionable considering he has the able-bodied Marc Bulger on deck.’
      in position, poised, ready for use, ready for action, waiting
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    2. 1.2Baseball Next to hit in the batting order.
      • ‘Mickey Rivers was on deck, and the Yanks leadoff hitter had been closely observing Dent the entire time.’
      • ‘Walk rates indeed go down when an elite hitter is on deck - but so do batting and slugging averages.’
      • ‘Rookie center fielder Fred Lynn was on deck and Fisk told him, ‘Freddie, I'm going to hit one off the wall and drive one in.’’
      • ‘The Book would dictate taking the bat out of the hands of the torrid Molitor, despite the fact he was hitless in three at-bats, and future Hall of Famer Robin Yount was on deck.’