rock the boat

rock the boat
1. Lit. to do something to move a boat from side to side, causing it to rock. (Often in a negative sense.) •

Sit down and stop rocking the boat. You'll turn it over!

2. Fig. to cause trouble where none is welcome; to disturb a situation that is otherwise stable and satisfactory. (Often negative.) •

Look, Tom, everything is going fine here. Don't rock the boat!

You can depend on Tom to mess things up by rocking the boat.

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{v. phr.}, {informal} To make trouble and risk losing or upsetting something; cause a disturbance that may spoil a plan. * /The other boys said that Henry was rocking the boat by wanting to let girls into their club./ * /Politicians don't like to rock the boat around election time./ Compare: UPSET THE APPLE CART. Contrast: LET WELL ENOUGH ALONE.

Dictionary of American idioms. 2013.

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