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rock the boat

Definition of rock the boat

informal

  1. :  to cause trouble by changing or trying to change a situation that other people do not want to change <The system isn't perfect, but it's been this way for a long time and nobody wants to rock the boat.>



Word by Word Definitions

rockplay
  1. :  to move back and forth in or as if in a cradle

    :  to cause to sway back and forth

    :  to cause to shake violently

  1. :  a rocking movement

    :  popular music usually played on electronically amplified instruments and characterized by a persistent heavily accented beat, repetition of simple phrases, and often country, folk, and blues elements

  1. :  distaff

    :  the wool or flax on a distaff

  1. :  a large mass of stone forming a cliff, promontory, or peak

    :  a concreted mass of stony material

    :  broken pieces of such masses

boatplay
  1. :  a small vessel for travel on water

    :  ship

    :  a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device

  1. :  to place in or bring into a boat

    :  to go by boat


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