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    Question South by Java Head - by Alistair MacLean: Can't underestand meaning of this phrase!

    In page 37 of the novel "south by java head" (I can't share a link, but you can find it in google book) there is a sentence that says: "led out into the deep after well"
    It is talking about the door of after-castle of a ship. I could not find out what is "well" meaning here also I think "the deep" refers to the ocean or sea.
    Could any body help?
    Also in the next sentence it talks about "switching out" the light. It means turn the light on or off? I could not find this word "switch out" in any dictionary I already have.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: South by Java Head - by Alistair MacLean: Can't underestand meaning of this phras

    A 'well' in a ship or boat is some sort of enclosed space similar to a well-shaft.

    If there is more than one such space, the one towards the front of the vessel is the forward, or forrad, well; the one towards the back of the vessel is the aft, or after, well. Such a space may go down some way - it is deep; or not very far - it is shallow.

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    Re: South by Java Head - by Alistair MacLean: Can't underestand meaning of this phras

    In BrE, you might hear "switch out" as well as "switch off", "turn out" and "turn off" when referring to lights or electrical appliances.

    I had a look at a couple of online dictionaries and phrasal verb lists and was actually very surprised that it wasn't listed.

    I've been hearing "Don't forget to switch out the light" since I was a child.

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    Smile Thanks a lot!

    Dear fivejedjon and emsr2d2
    Thank you both very much. you solved my problem with this text.
    Your answers were really useful.

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