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To rock the boat...
What exactly does this phrase mean? To make sth work? where does the phrase stem from? I think it may have sth to do with that biblical incident with Jesus' students in the boat... anyone know?
edit: found it:
To rock the boat is to risk upsetting a group situation. Example: "We have to work together on this project. I don't want anyone rocking the boat."
People in a group on a small boat need to work together. If one person moves suddenly, the whole boat could rock dangerously. Example: "Everyone wants to go except for you. Why do you have to rock the boat?"
We cause trouble for other people when we rock the boat, because people need to find new positions to make "the boat" steady again. Example: "I hate to rock the boat, but I do think we need to rewrite this report."
Last edited by gor; 12-Oct-2005 at 13:59.
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