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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A similar note of assent was struck regarding the upcoming season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL); despite all six franchises of PSL being defaulters by different aspects, the meeting approved tax breaks and leniency periods instead of rocking the boat. It is commendable that the PCB is giving PSL franchises ample time to develop profitable business models, but it must remember that at some point it has to collect it dues.
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 2.0.
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. However that does not seem to be the case at the national level were they seem to spend all of their time slagging off Ed Miliband, or "Blairites" and vice versa.
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.
The invited keynote address, "The Teaching of a Traditional Craft," was given by Adam Green, founder and executive director of Rocking the Boat, a community-based Bronx organization that works with youth to use boat building as a means of community revitalization and developing individual skills.
Yet Foster, perhaps wisely, is not going to start rocking the boat at Manchester United.
She wore a brooch rocking the boat. I take it that means sinking us - the alsorans.
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.