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    sure-thing boat

    What's the meaning of the "sure-thing boat" in the following?

    The person who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.

    Does it refer to a boat which is afraid of going far in the ocean because of the fear of a storm or something?

    Thank you.

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    Re: sure-thing boat

    No wonder you have trouble with this - it's an idiom mixed with a metaphor. There is no set phrase "the sure-thing boat."

    But your understanding is basically correct. If you are are afraid of the possibilities of failure and only want a "sure thing" (something that is certain to happen), then you won't take risks, the same way that a boat that is afraid of the ocean won't venture from from the dock.

    Does that help?

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    Re: sure-thing boat

    Yes. It's been a great help.

    Thank you.

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