push the boat out

idiom

British, informal
: to spend a lot of money : to be extravagant
We're going to push the boat out and throw a big party to celebrate his recovery.

Examples of push the boat out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who want to push the boat out, so to speak, can secure a junior suite for $117,599 (£92,000) per person. Rebekah Evans, theweek, 9 Jan. 2024 Aceh Police spokesperson Winardy said officials planned to push the boat out of Indonesian waters. Yayan Zamzami, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Dec. 2021 As with any handset in the mid-range, choices have to be made on where to push the boat out, and where to hold back. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'push the boat out.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Dictionary Entries Near push the boat out

Cite this Entry

“Push the boat out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/push%20the%20boat%20out. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!