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RELATED WORDS

complain, disagree, disturb, object, protest

Nearby words

rochelle salt, rochelle, la, rochester, rochet, rocinante, rock, rock 'n' roll, rock and roll, rock and rye, rock barnacle, rock bass

Idioms

    rock the boat, Informal. to disrupt the smooth functioning or routine of something: Don't rock the boat by demanding special treatment from management.

Origin of rock

2
before 1100; Middle English rocken, Old English roccian; cognate with Middle Dutch rocken; akin to German rücken; Old Norse rykkja to jerk
SYNONYMS FOR rock
1 roll, shake.
Related formsrock·a·ble, adjectiverock·ing·ly, adverbun·rocked, adjective

Synonym study

1. See swing1.
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British Dictionary definitions for rock the boat (1 of 3)

rock

1
/ (rɒk) /

noun

Word Origin for rock

C14: from Old French roche, of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for rock the boat (2 of 3)

rock

2
/ (rɒk) /

verb

noun

See also rock up

Word Origin for rock

Old English roccian; related to Middle Dutch, Old High German rocken, German rücken

British Dictionary definitions for rock the boat (3 of 3)

Rock

/ (rɒk) /

noun the Rock

an informal name for Gibraltar
a Canadian informal name for Newfoundland
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Medicine definitions for rock the boat

Rock

[ rŏk ]
John 1890-1984

American gynecologist and obstetrician who helped develop the first effective oral contraceptive in 1954.
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Science definitions for rock the boat

rock

[ rŏk ]

A relatively hard, naturally occurring mineral material. Rock can consist of a single mineral or of several minerals that are either tightly compacted or held together by a cementlike mineral matrix. The three main types of rock are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic.
A piece of such material; a stone.
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Idioms and Phrases with rock the boat (1 of 2)

rock the boat


Disturb a stable situation, as in An easygoing manager, he won't rock the boat unless it's absolutely necessary. This idiom alludes to capsizing a small vessel, such as a canoe, by moving about in it too violently. [Colloquial; early 1900s]

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

rock


In addition to the idioms beginning with rock

  • rock bottom
  • rocks in one's head, have
  • rock the boat

also see:

  • between a rock and a hard place
  • on the rocks
  • steady as a rock
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