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rock the boat

rock the boat
rock the boat

Date: Feb 11 2016

Themes: Celebrity, Work


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

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“I think our Western society is very much about, tuck your head in; make sure you’re safe. Don’t rock the boat.”

Actress Cate Blanchett, talking about Western culture (BrainyQuote)


1. Definition - Study the definition.

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say or do something to change a situation; cause trouble

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

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Are you the type of person that follows the rules? Do you live your life like everyone else or try to be different? In English, we have a term for someone who likes to cause trouble or who likes to challenge the norm. The expression is rock the boat.

To rock the boat means to say or do something to change a situation. When you don’t agree with rules in the office, you probably rock the boat in order to get what you want.

Actress Cate Blanchett thinks Western society doesn’t like people who rock the boat. She says that people are told to keep their heads down and follow the rules. She likes to rock the boat so that she can get ahead in the movie business.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

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“John was fired for rocking the boat at the office.”

“Juan gets in trouble at work everyday because he rocks the boat at every meeting. “

“My father always told me not to rock the boat too much at school.”


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

to change a situation that is considered satisfactory
by vixuha
a2020 Change the situation and talk about bad situation.
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At work I have been rocked the boat but my intentions are kind and I just fight for peoples’ rights. I tried to do as much as I could but the situation hasn’t changed. But I feel proud of myself to find enough courage and put away my fear against my managers. 

04:51 PM Mar 13 2016 |




Safety is big thing. Rock the boat when it is unsafe. When you’re in danger, there’re no progress, no life, no comfort. You think how to survive instead of growing as professional, skillful personality like a great actress Cate Blanchette who got amazingly lucky to live in Western society.

06:01 AM Feb 12 2016 |



The only thing can do against discriminations is rock the boat .
When USA cop killed an eighteen African American teenager as name Micheal Brown .
We have to be Rock and the Boat defend that horrify shoot .

04:07 AM Feb 11 2016 |

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I’m rather be ‘sitting deep in boat’ than ‘rocking the boat’.

Usually, I had tried to follow all the rules that would be given to me under any circumstances.

01:11 AM Feb 11 2016 |

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