below decks

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below decks

  1. (nautical) In or into any of the spaces below the main deck of a vessel.
    • 1817, Maria Edgeworth, Ormond, ch. 31:
      [O]n the wind shifting and becoming more violent, the landsmen soon retired below decks.
    • 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Gods of Mars, ch. 8:
      Phaidor and I were taken below decks, where, still fast bound, we were thrown into a small compartment which contained a single port-hole.

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