Definition of push the boat out in US English:

push the boat out

phrase

British
informal
  • Be lavish in one's spending or celebrations.

    ‘from fine wines to the delights of the theater, this is your chance to push the boat out’
    • ‘SEA cadets in Wootton Bassett will really be pushing the boat out next month to celebrate their silver jubilee.’
    • ‘Festival committee chairman John Norman said: ‘Get on board and push the boat out at Festival Five.’’
    • ‘We are really pushing the boat out for having a library that's going to be proactive.’
    • ‘We wanted to push the boat out and do something a bit special.’
    • ‘Players are very expensive and the board have pushed the boat out.’
    • ‘Helen said the family had pushed the boat out for Emma's special day, which started with champagne and strawberries.’
    • ‘This has been the consequence of the club pushing the boat out to recruit summer signings such as Steve Fulton, Greg Shields and Barry McLaughlin, all to the fore in the recent form upturn.’
    • ‘If you're pushing the boat out, the sprawling Penfolds Grange room has its own gym, a two-person shower, twin free-standing baths and its own mini-wine cellar.’
    • ‘‘The club pushed the boat out and got a real quality presentation for the players and staff,’ he said.’
    • ‘But it's in his determination that his actors should improvise and ad lib on camera that Pawlikowski pushes the boat out.’
    • ‘If you feel like really pushing the boat out, you could consider whisking mum away for a much deserved holiday.’
    • ‘It wouldn't be pushing the boat out to say that chief among those ‘people’ would have been John Hartson.’
    • ‘Parents of a profoundly deaf girl are pushing the boat out to say thank you to a Bradford charity.’
    • ‘You could add a good handful of ordinary basil if you're pushing the boat out.’
    • ‘It's going to be tough to get it through before July, but I hope they see the situation has arisen and push the boat out to get it through.’
    • ‘So there was much to celebrate last night as the airport pushed the boat out on a party which was called Over the Moon.’
    • ‘Anyone wishing to push the boat out could add mushrooms, tomato, black pudding and hash browns to make up the ‘Full’ at £3.95.’
    • ‘Il Caffe is the best place for people-watching, and if you're pushing the boat out for dinner, L' Incontro, at the Academia side of the square, is hard to beat.’
    • ‘Barnoldswick witnessed a spectacular organised display last Sunday pushing the boat out with a breathtaking show.’
    be extravagant, go on a spending spree, splash out, splurge, spare no expense, spend lavishly, spend a lot of money
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