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In the same boat

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • In the same boat in the same situation or predicament.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • In the same boat in the same circumstances
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Quotations

  • King Jr. Martin Luther
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    “We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”

Idioms

In the same boat - If people are in the same boat, they are in the same predicament or trouble.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bát; Dut. boot; Fr. bateau.

Usage

In literature:

Other boats, starting from White Horse about the same time, arrived in Dawson.
"Policing the Plains" by R.G. MacBeth
A great night, too, for the eminent adapters Messrs. SCOTT and STEPHENSON, once known as "the Brothers ROWE," who rowed in the same boat.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 104, March 4, 1893" by Various
Late in the afternoon of that same day we started up the river with Pedro Nunes and his fleet of boats.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
He had come out in the same boat with Rollo, and had remained when the boat went back to the shore.
"Rollo on the Rhine" by Jacob Abbott
If a steam-boat is wanted, it is acquired in the same way.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 454" by Various
The departure of the boats took place in the same manner as the day before.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
And Egbert said he was in the same boat, did he?
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
We're in the same boat, you and us.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
Every soul in the boat were seized with the same perturbation, but it manifested itself in different ways.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
At about twenty minutes after seven the boat was seen close in under our stern and at the same time we got soundings in 50 fathoms water.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
It is then placed in the water with a rope attached to one end, and towed across by men in the same manner as the boats before described.
"The Prairie Traveler" by Randolph Marcy
They would row in the same boat, and go fast down the dark deep stream.
"The Book of One Syllable" by Esther Bakewell
You or I should think it bad enough, I fancy, if we found ourselves in the same boat.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The mantua-maker and the tailor arrive in the same boat with the carpenter and mason.
"Daniel Boone" by John S. C. Abbott
And you wouldn't find a drop of this brandy a bad thing, either, if you don't mind rowing in the same boat as myself.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
The phrase "all in the same boat" applies with particular meaning to spacers.
"Attrition" by Jim Wannamaker
In the other boats they were having the same luck.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
Mrs. Vincent and her two children were assisted into the boat in the same manner.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
At least, they were all in the same boat.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Remember, we're both in the same boat.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
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In poetry:

Oh! thus, on the seas,
Just with the same ease,
Should the enemy come,
In ship, boat, or bomb,
We will knock them about as we please;
"Two Songs" by Sir John Carr
God bless the boys who keep a watch afloat,
But bless them too, who keep a house ashore;
For they are comrades in the same brave boat.
You ought to have a medal, Mrs. More.
"You Ought To Have A Medal, Mrs. More" by A P Herbert

In news:

To me, acrylic tubs seem to hold onto dirt and soaps more than cast iron or enamel tubs, I have a solution if you find yourself in the same boat.
We assume you (and potential gift recipients) are in the same boat.
All in the Same Boat .
We Are All In The Same Boat Trying To Make That Next Sale.
Auburn and Arkansas in the same boat .
Recent headlines about tighter residential mortgage and lending requirements might suggest that commercial real estate lending is in the same boat.
Traditional cotton canvas is waterproof in the same manner that traditional wooden boats are waterproof .
Well, I am afraid I am in the same boat.
0Ameren said all lake counties have the same regulations in place regarding electrical wiring in boat docks.
I invited our digital managing editor, Sam Schleicher too, and his dog, Lucky, was in about the same boat.
Action 7 News has received several phone calls from people in the same boat who said they ordered furniture, paid for it in full and never received anything.
Other sport fishing boats had discovered the same warm water break in the area between the Poor Man's and Washington canyons, which yielded other firsts for the season on the same day.
Unfortunately for the Patriots, the Highlanders were in the same boat last season, finishing 1-9.
It borrowed the money using bonds that the state treasurer has compared to payday loans — and more than 200 other California districts are in the same boat.
Don't lump all the rich together in the same 1-percent boat.
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