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« Reply #75 on: November 30, 2009, 12:09:51 PM »

push the Boat out: Meaning

To spend generously. To spend more than one is normally accustomed to doing, often to mark a special occasion.

Origin

This phrase originates with the literal meaning, i.e. pushing boats from wherever they are beached and into the water. People have for centuries built boats that were too large for an individual to move. Helping a seaman to push the boat out was an act of generosity - a similar to the modern-day act to helping to push a car that is broken down.

The phrase became used in UK nautical circles to mean 'buy a round of drinks' sometime during the 1930s. For example, in J. Curtis' You're in Racket, 1937:

"This bloke you're meeting up the Old Jacket and Vest to-night, let him push the boat out, the sweetheart. Surely he can pester for a tightener if you're hungry."
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« Reply #76 on: November 30, 2009, 12:53:40 PM »

Can't say I've heard it before before either - but then again I pushed out the boat from England a long time ago Wink
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« Reply #77 on: November 30, 2009, 01:16:08 PM »

i've never heard an american use it, in conversation or print -- it was a brit i heard use it. had to look it up... and found the same definition BTM found. Smiley
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« Reply #78 on: December 01, 2009, 07:24:18 AM »

we have not used it here either.
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« Reply #79 on: December 01, 2009, 01:39:09 PM »

another apparently british-ism, introduced to today: "... or it may grow to the size of a triffid", as in "don't neglect or avoid something".

apparently a "triffid" is a gargantuan, highly venomous, fictional plant...
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« Reply #80 on: December 01, 2009, 02:24:57 PM »

another apparently british-ism, introduced to today: "... or it may grow to the size of a triffid", as in "don't neglect or avoid something".

apparently a "triffid" is a gargantuan, highly venomous, fictional plant...

that is a geekism never reached common parlance;
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« Reply #81 on: December 01, 2009, 02:25:38 PM »

its from 'The day of the Triffids' by John Whyndham - one of the best and venerated scary-book authors Britain has produced (The Midwhich Cookoos, The Craken Wakes) - if you have not read these I strongly recommend them. But the day of the triffids is probably the best.  Movies were made of these in the 60s or so I think but I don't know if you can still find them.

Triffids were not only large they could move and, if I remember right, they had a sticky process with poison on....
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« Reply #82 on: December 01, 2009, 09:35:08 PM »

I sometimes want to call  my dear partner a triffid. Flirting with one of 'em can make you go blind! She is a rose to dance with though.
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« Reply #83 on: December 01, 2009, 09:48:05 PM »

another apparently british-ism, introduced to today: "... or it may grow to the size of a triffid", as in "don't neglect or avoid something".

apparently a "triffid" is a gargantuan, highly venomous, fictional plant...

that is a geekism never reached common parlance;
interesting. i heard it from a non-geek rather upper-crusty lady...
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« Reply #84 on: December 01, 2009, 09:59:23 PM »

I assume she lives in the states, sam?  How long has she been here - she sounds like my generation Wink
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« Reply #85 on: December 01, 2009, 10:04:02 PM »

nope, she's in the UK. i believe she is indeed in your age range.
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« Reply #86 on: December 01, 2009, 10:15:39 PM »

I think the books were particularly popular at that time - they are really early sci fi/thrillers...
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« Reply #87 on: December 01, 2009, 10:22:42 PM »

Here's the cover of the original book:
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« Reply #88 on: December 02, 2009, 10:24:44 AM »

I think the books were particularly popular at that time - they are really early sci fi/thrillers...

at which time?; I read them in my teens, which was the seventies. I have never heard anyone use Triffid in everyday use ( though I could imagine a resurgence with sardonic teen tones; Oh You're just a triffid
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« Reply #89 on: December 02, 2009, 10:38:56 AM »

elise, that photo is just hysterical.
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