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Whatever floats your boat

Ferry runs aground in the port of Marseille

The ferry Napoleon Bonaparte broke its moorings due to gusts of wind blowing across the South of France. It ran aground against a dock, causing a breach in the hull and flooding the ship. This caused it to list. Photo: AP/Claude Paris

Today's Phrase

The expression 'whatever floats your boat' means do what brings you joy.

For example:

It's your birthday. We can go to the theatre or have a meal in a posh restaurant. Whatever floats your boat.

Peter is a ladies' man but if you still want to go out with him, fine, whatever floats your boat!

Don't confuse it with

The expression 'to push the boat out' means to spend more money than someone is used to, especially when celebrating something.

We really pushed the boat out and held Mary's farewell party in one of the most expensive restaurants in town.

Interesting fact

It took less than three hours for the Titanic to sink after it hit an iceberg in 1912. More than 1,500 people died in the accident. For many, this event marks the passing of the Edwardian era of opulence (the first decade of the 20th century).

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