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Rock the Boat


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The meaning of the English idiom to rock the boat is to disturb a situation that is otherwise stable and/or satisfactory. If you rock the boat, you are causing unwelcome and unwanted trouble. You could rock the boat, for example, by asking too many questions, publicly disagreeing with someone, etc...Look at these sample sentences to see how the expression is used:

I am not going to tell him what I really think. I don’t want to
rock the boat.
Everything is fine at the moment, Mrs. Merriweather. Don’t rock the boat!
Nobody likes people who rock the boat - but, sometimes, it is necessary.

Jean Paul Satre once said Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat. Do you agree?

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