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    deck gun as a verb phrase

    what does "deck gun" mean in the following sentence?

    Do not "gun deck" this report - if data can not be estimated with reasonable accuracy enter a dash in space for which no data is available.


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    Re: deck gun as a verb phrase

    It's not a usage I am familiar with, but I presume that it means 'don't shoot holes in the data' by entering inaccurate information.


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    Re: deck gun as a verb phrase

    Gun deck is a term used in the U S Navy. It means falsifying a report such as a preventative maintenance report.

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    Re: deck gun as a verb phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by cnholmes View Post
    Gun deck is a term used in the U S Navy. It means falsifying a report such as a preventative maintenance report.
    So it would not be understood by anybody not familiar with US Navy procedures?

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    Re: deck gun as a verb phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by beascarpetta View Post
    So it would not be understood by anybody not familiar with US Navy procedures?
    Hi, beascarpetta!

    Refer to Tdol's comment : It's not a usage I am familiar with, but I presume that it means 'don't shoot holes in the data' by entering inaccurate information. Tdol did not specifically mention the US Navy but he was able to figure out the approximate meaning of the term. So, I would say "No" to your question. Individuals not familiar with US Navy procedures should be able to understand the meaning of the term.

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    Re: deck gun as a verb phrase

    Hi forch,

    The term "gun deck" originally refers to a deck aboard a ship that was primarily use for the mounting of cannon to be fired in broadside.
    However in many smaller vessels such as frigates and unrated vessels the upper deck, forecastle and quarter deck bore all of the cannon but were not referred to as the gun deck. The completely covered level under the upper deck was, however, still called the gun deck although it had no guns at all.

    The term "gun deck" is also navy slang for fabricating or falsifying something.
    It can take on the form of a verb, as in the sentence "He gun decekd the report.".

    Regards.

    V.


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    Re: deck gun as a verb phrase

    thank you very much for all the replies,which have been really informative. I came across the phrase when I was reading a book on US aircraft history.

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