fresh off the boat

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fresh off the boat

Newly immigrated, especially without having yet assimilated the host country's language, culture, and/or behavior. My grandfather was still fresh off the boat when he opened up his business here in 1820, and he didn't speak a lick of English.
See also: boat, fresh, off
References in classic literature ?
When the ships came up, I stripped myself, and waded till I came within a hundred yards off the boat, after which I was forced to swim till I got up to it.
Daylight rolled over and off the boat, leaning against it as he sat on the ice.
Presuming that you are right," he added after a moment's pause, "and that this fellow Hamilton Fynes really had something for us, that would account for his being able to get off the boat and securing his special train so easily.
Lashings were cast off the boat and the falls attached, when the men fled to holding-vantage just ere the whale arrived.
Various shots, rescue workers carrying an injured person off the boat
All you do is to jump off the boat into the water with a trained instructor
Baggage is lifted off the boat and rolled to the cottages on a handcart: There are no motor vehicles on the island.
Toyota dealers can't prepare their Priuses fast enough, and every single one is sold before it gets off the boat.
A major rescue operation saw helicopters and coastguards take tourists off the boat to the nearby island of Poros.
Fresh Off the Boat is a satisfying and quietly humorous read.
It just felt good as I stepped off the boat with my big duffel bag on my back.
he wasn't fresh off the boat, he was still on the boat).
It's just a thought--and certainly not one that would have occurred to me that September day in 1965 when I got off the boat.
The sailor, from Preston, was taken off the boat by the helicopter and treated for smoke inhalation.