"all hands on deck" meaning in English

Interjection

  1. An order, on board ship, for all seamen of all watches to muster on deck immediately; normally shortened to "All hands" Categories (topical): Nautical
    Topics: nautical, transport Translations (order): alle hens aan dek (Dutch), kaikki miehet kannelle (Finnish), alle mann på dekk [Bokmål] (Norwegian), wszystkie ręce na pokład [plural] (Polish), все наве́рх (vse navérx) (Russian), свиста́ть всех наве́рх (svistátʹ vsex navérx) (Russian), todos manos a la obra (Spanish) Disambiguation of 'order': 100 0
  2. A call for everyone to participate in something. Tags: broadly

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      "lang": "Dutch",
      "sense": "order",
      "word": "alle hens aan dek"
    },
    {
      "code": "fi",
      "lang": "Finnish",
      "sense": "order",
      "word": "kaikki miehet kannelle"
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