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    #1

    'Down the docks'?

    Hi all,
    Would you please tell me what the above combination means in the following context?




    '...the old family structure in which mums had a lot of influence and sons followed dads down the docks...'


    Thanks.

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    Re: 'Down the docks'?

    The sons became dock workers like their dads.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: 'Down the docks'?

    Thanks for the reply. Is this job used beacause it's symbolically a male job, or just a simple example?

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    Re: 'Down the docks'?

    Working at the docks would have been just about the only job young men could have got in that community.

    Rover

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