APAD: Push the boat out.

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Meaning:

   To spend generously. To spend more than one is normally accustomed to doing,

   often to mark a special occasion.

 

Background:

   This phrase originates with the literal meaning, that is, 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.

 

   By 1946, John Irving had listed the term as Royal Navy slang,

 

     "Push the boat out, to, a boatwork term used to imply paying for a 'round

     of drinks'."

 

   More recently, `push the boat out' has been used more generally and has come

   to mean `behave extravagantly; making a purchase that is rather beyond what

   one can afford'.

             

- www.phrases.org.uk [edited]

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My friend Louis played a great defense game as he had three kids to support. He

drove a 12-year-old Honda Civic, remodeled his own house, and with the help of a

makeup mirror, cut his own hair. He rarely pushed the boat out, except when it

came to ultra marathons.

          

He turned into a running fiend at the tender age of 52 and over time his wife

and kids joined, first to cheer him on and then beside him. The family traveled

and raced somewhere in the country every month or two. Last year, the

65-year-old came back from a visit to Madeira (Portugal), where his folks lived,

and showed me the insane rocky trails of a 100-miler he'd run on the island.

 

One more thing about him. All the years we worked together, I never saw him

sick.

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Nice! isn't today theDay 2Push theBoatOut? Happy July 4th! -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 08:38:04

kudos to Louis! real people & real lives. Thx 4 sharing. :-) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 08:40:05

Thanks for liking. That guy is something else! -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 08:45:54

Thanks! Stores are closed but there must be a way to push or -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 08:44:19

this wouldn't be called the land of the free, haha :-) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 08:44:50

Everyone's carrying a specific mission to the world, -移花接木- 给 移花接木 发送悄悄话 移花接木 的博客首页 (33 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 10:19:43

For some, no need to push, the mission will come to them:-)) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 13:28:28

I still drive a 25-yr Honda Accrd. 某人cut his own hair 2:)) -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 10:41:10

He learnt it during pandemic and has since enjoyed doing it. -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 10:42:19

赞!! ourAccordJust turned 20 & I'm theBarber 4 hubby ;-)) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:15:42

You are truly handy. My hubby is the barber for himself. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:29:36

Ordinary barber, extraordinary courage :-)) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 13:46:10

Make the haircut great again! :-))) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 13:36:13

Yes! Take the right, no, the privilege, of haircutting back! -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 13:35:31

Less trouble than going out and get hair cut. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:41:31

what's your milage? my car's close to 210k now. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 13:33:50

Mine is around 170K -暖冬cool夏- 给 暖冬cool夏 发送悄悄话 暖冬cool夏 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 22:40:37

I don’t have a boat to push out, I’ll remember this idiom. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:11:57

Like all the stories you wrote. Very interesting. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:14:48

Thank you, my friend. Appreciate it. -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 13:38:07

that remindsMe: we doHave a 16' canoe 2carryOut, ;-)) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:19:33

So you can push the boat out once in a while. -天边一片白云- 给 天边一片白云 发送悄悄话 天边一片白云 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:22:59

yes, summerOnly, hubbyIsTheDriverOfTheCanoe,IJustTagAlong;-) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 11:29:10

You belong to the 0.0001% canoed class&should push more :-)) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 13:39:57

haha, I almost failed physed class in Uni, as -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (447 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 14:51:15

He was praying: "Please. Don't kill yourself" as he did -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 14:55:21

when you made the shot put? :-))) -7grizzly- 给 7grizzly 发送悄悄话 7grizzly 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 14:55:48

hahaha, it's myTurn 2makeOthersLaugh, myTreat ;-)) -最西边的岛上- 给 最西边的岛上 发送悄悄话 最西边的岛上 的博客首页 (0 bytes) () 07/04/2024 postreply 18:43:17

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