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Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 289. The . today is to dock
someone's pay. Okay. Let's take a look at the note here. If a company or boss docks
a workers pay, he removes a part or percentage of his or her pay usually as
a punishment because they did something wrong. Okay. And they believed it deserved
actually maybe cutting part of the pay. All right. Let's continue. The origin of
this phrase comes from an Old English definition you know, of dock of course,
that meant to cut something short. This use also relates to when some people
actually cut a dog's tail short for style. Yeah. I have seen this done. I
always kind of felt sorry for some poor dogs and I always wonder why people
did that. But perhaps I guess they just liked that style on the ... on the
animal. Okay. Good. It is also used among horse breeders. I guess some horse breeders
do this to horses' tails as well. This use dates back to the 14th century. Even
today the part of an animal's tail that is left after it has been shortened is
called a dock. Okay. All right. We just have a couple of
examples you know, to show this use here. So example number one. If you are more
than 10 minutes late the company will dock your pay for an hour. Yeah. So you
know , maybe this is to make sure everybody gets to work on time. So if you
end up just over 10 minutes late well they'll cut a whole hours pay from you
to try to you know make sure you don't do that. Okay. And number two here. The boss
is docking Jack's pay to reimburse the company for all the fragile items he
knocked over and broke. Yeah. So maybe he had an accident and he broke some
expensive stuff at the company and you know, he's docking his pay.
until he pays back for all the damage that he did for the accident that he
caused at work. Okay. , I hope you got it. I hope it was clear. Thank you for your
time. Bye-bye.
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English Tutor Nick P Idioms (289) Dock One's Pay

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anitawu12 published on November 14, 2019
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