- 1A small vessel for travelling over water, propelled by oars, sails, or an engine: a fishing boat [as modifier]: a boat tripMore example sentences
- This in turn causes surrounding air to rush into the sail and propel the boat further.
- Fu told Baja, as well as reporters, that the fishermen strayed into Philippine waters after their boat engine malfunctioned.
- He and many others landed jobs on in-shore mackerel boats, fishing tamer waters around the isle.
- 1.1A vessel of any size, especially a large one: those newly arriving here by boat or planeMore example sentences
- The fleet consisted of one large fish carrier, a medium purse-seine fishing vessel, three medium sized boats and four ocean going outriggers.
- Whether you arrive in a boat, a plane, or a cruise ship, you owe it to yourself to take a tour.
- How many would actually wear a life jacket if it were required at all times on all sizes of boats is a big unknown.
- 1A gravy boat or sauce boat.More example sentences
- Graceful gravy boats in two sizes serve the whole crowd or provide individual service of gravy, cheese sauce, hot fudge and more.
- This week everyone gets a free Gravy Boat and after a few shipping problems everyone ends up with a dozen gravy boats after weeks of promises by the manager to set things straight.
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- 1Travel in a boat for pleasure: they boated through fjordsMore example sentences
- My children sit in large basins to go boating in the little pond,’ she said laughing.
- Our family suddenly decided that we should go boating.
- She also could no longer ride her horse or go boating or camping (which she had previously loved to do).
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial of direction] Transport (someone or something) in a boat: they boated the timber down the lakeMore example sentences
- So many estate agents have boated me around Venice, for instance, that I reckon I now know the Serenissima's darkest alleys better than the little red dwarf in Don't Look Now.
- They're finding ways to boat them out of the school through boats up onto the bridge but much of the city of course is still under very high levels of water.
- 1.2 [with object] (Of an angler) draw (a hooked fish) into a boat: he boated a 2 lb 14oz Dover soleMore example sentences
- We moved a lot of fish in the first hour but only one was boated.
- On the second troll through I latched into a good fish and after a spirited fight we boated my first decent size Nile perch.
- Ravensthorpe regular John Caldwell and his boat partner Digby Lewis enjoyed an exciting session boating 20 fish between them.
be in the same boat
- • informal Be in the same difficult circumstances as others: do not despair: you are one of millions in the same boatMore example sentences
- I have had friends who have had difficulties and there are so many people in the same boat.
- If you're in the same boat, at least know you're not the only one.
- We are all in the same boat: we both win and we both lose.
off the boat
- • offensive Recently arrived from a foreign country, and by implication naive or an outsider: what are you, fresh off the boat?More example sentences
- Even to someone fresh off the boat like me, it was clear that New Orleans was quite unlike the rest of America.
- When I first arrived off the boat I noticed some people referring to Ken a lot.
- You're goo-goo about it, fresh off the boat, looking to be the grit in its dozen oysters.
push the boat out
- British • informal Be lavish in one’s spending or celebrations: from fine wines to the delights of the theatre, this is your chance to push the boat outMore example sentences
- So there was much to celebrate last night as the airport pushed the boat out on a party which was called Over the Moon.
- SEA cadets in Wootton Bassett will really be pushing the boat out next month to celebrate their silver jubilee.
- We are really pushing the boat out for having a library that's going to be proactive.
rock the boat
- • informal Say or do something to disturb an existing situation and upset people: I don’t want to rock the boatMore example sentences
- It is obviously easier to move one person, who is not going to rock the boat, than two, who have rocked the boat, and have got off a discipline proceedings.
- They are upset that anyone is now rocking the boat and might endanger their hopes to become enriched.
- They feel compelled to be careful about what they say so as not to upset the people around them or rock the boat.
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- The mutual curiosity that exists between an adolescent right whale and a boatful of human observers makes whale-watching an activity of an entirely different nature than, say, bird-watching - or even people-watching.
- I don't consider it very responsible letting a boatful of inexperienced divers, many of them having completed fewer than 10 dives, loose on a wreck in 30m-plus with a screaming surface current.
- There's no need to board the boat armed with enormous flight cases full of equipment, only to have to assemble and dismantle it all on what could be a boatful of divers of no fixed experience.
Old English bāt, of Germanic origin.