Rock the Boat

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Rock the Boat

Informal; to change the way things are done, especially in a sudden or abrupt way. For example, a new manager may rock the boat by dramatically changing a company's production process. Rocking the boat is sometimes successful, though it is often difficult.
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After a year of rocking the boat, this Sunday's party made an even bigger splash when restaurant's ownership, Dupoux Partners, teamed up with Luna Group's Michael Capponi and Erick Milon to up the ante with Rock My Boat 2.
10 Luck be a Lady and Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat are songs from which musical?
Remember her husband is a financial whizz-kid whose continued short-term, rollover contract is dependent on delivering increased year-on-year profits, so no rocking the boat, please - and that the Prime Minister, in calling the election and subsequently performing with such glorious incompetence executed a cunning plan to disrupt Brexit and render unto Juncker the things that are Juncker's.
ROCKING THE BOAT Nicky Byrne on rib in Sweden yesterday
The party is in essence control and power obsessed and cannot tolerate any member thinking for themselves and rocking the boat.
The three youths - none of whom were wearing lifejackets - were rocking the boat and larking around as they were carried under Conwy bridge by the tide at about 5pm, said Holyhead coastguard.
He wrote his undergraduate thesis at Vassar College on the storytelling process, including an in-depth analysis of the "Ramapo Salamander" tale, and believes that process is essential to his focus at Rocking the Boat.
Yet Foster, perhaps wisely, is not going to start rocking the boat at Manchester United.
They sit quietly and avoid rocking the boat in case they lose their fat pay packets.
You'll read about companies that are rocking the boat to innovate and deliver better products to their customers.
Amin Faheem, the PPP's vice chairman, said in a weekend interview with Kyodo News that his party, poised to head a coalition government resulting from last week's general election, is not in favor of rocking the boat when it comes to dealing with Musharraf.
John Connolly has done well, but there's no way I'll be rocking the boat - I'm as desperate as the next player to see Cliftonville do well.