- 1a vehicle (smaller than a ship) that travels on water, moved by oars, sails, or a motor an inflatable boat a fishing boat You can take a boat trip along the coast. see also canal boat, houseboat, lifeboat, motorboat, powerboat, rowboat, sailboat, speedboat, steamboat
- 2 any ship “How are you going to Nantucket?” “We're going by boat (= by ferry ).” gravy boat, sauceboat Idioms
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to be in the same difficult situation
be in the same boatjump to other results
to be what someone likes You can listen to whatever kind of music floats your boat.
float somebody's boat (informal)jump to other results
to be unable to take advantage of something because you are too late If you don't buy now, you may find that you've missed the boat.
miss the boat (informal)jump to other results
to do something that upsets a situation and causes problems She was told to keep her mouth shut and not rock the boat.
rock the boat (informal)jump to other results