boat

[ boht ]
/ boʊt /

noun

verb (used without object)

to go in a boat: We boated down the Thames.

verb (used with object)

to transport in a boat: They boated us across the bay.
to remove (an oar) from the water and place athwartships.Compare ship1(def 10).

Idioms for boat

Origin of boat

before 900; Middle English boot (noun), Old English bāt; cognate with Old Norse beit

OTHER WORDS FROM boat

boat·a·ble, adjectiveboat·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH boat

barge boat canoe cruise ship sailboat ship yacht
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British Dictionary definitions for miss the boat

boat
/ (bəʊt) /

noun

verb

(intr) to travel or go in a boat, esp as a form of recreation
(tr) to transport or carry in a boat

Word Origin for boat

Old English bāt; related to Old Norse beit boat
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Idioms and Phrases with miss the boat (1 of 2)

miss the boat

1

Fail to take advantage of an opportunity, as in Jean missed the boat on that club membership. This expression, which alludes to not being in time to catch a boat, has been applied more widely since the 1920s.

2

Fail to understand something, as in I'm afraid our legislator missed the boat on that amendment to the bill. [Mid-1900s] Also see miss the point.

Idioms and Phrases with miss the boat (2 of 2)

boat

see burn one's bridges (boats); in the same boat; miss the boat; rock the boat.

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