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noun
a nation or its affairs likened to a ship under sail.
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Origin of ship of state

First recorded in 1665–75
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ship of state

The nation, as in We can't help but wonder who will be steering our ship of state a hundred years from now. This metaphoric expression was first recorded in English in a translation of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince (1675).

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