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Where does the phrase "to push the boat out" come from?
Curious as to how this is associated with spending a little more than usual
asked in phrase, origin



Aiming4777 answers:

Originally, it literally meant helping a seaman push his boat into the sea, an act of generosity. Within nautical circles, it came to mean any generous act such as buying a round of drinks, being generous to other people. From there it developed into an expression signifying extravagance or excessive generosity.

Source: http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/push-the-boat-out.html


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