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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The final and most important decision - one that could have truly rocked the boat of the domestic cricketing setup - was appraised, appreciated, but not ultimately approved.
D Swift 3 7 47-60 ROCKED THE BOAT 8 D O'Meara 3-8-12...S James (3) 8 8 20904 HELLO SWEETNESS 17 J Ward 3-8-7 ..
A few minutes later, a large explosion rocked the boat causing extensive damage.
Rhodes has not rocked the boat despite huge interest and Hoyle is keen to keep him sweet and help fire his club to the Championship.
Meanwhile George Hamilton rocked the boat - by winning immunity against the first public vote.
As a final act of treachery, she jumps ship wearing a hilarious (not) "I rocked the boat" badge.