Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Push the boat out

What would I be doing if I pushed the boat out?

Going sailing, you might guess.

Of course, that would be far too logical.

We're having a party and we've decided to push the boat out!

Still no sailing involved. It means we're going to spend a lot of money and make a lot of effort. This idiom is usually used with a celebration of some kind.

Now if you really want to push the boat out when it comes to English, why not try and listen to a bit of Geordie? This is the accent of Newcastle and is difficult even for the average Brit to understand!

Here's part of a classic TV series from the 70's - When the boat comes in. Good luck!