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.
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off the boat

recently arrived from a foreign country, and by implication naive or an outsider. informal, often offensive
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mod. fresh off the boat; as gullible and trusting as a new immigrant. (Initialism. A play on the initials of Free on Board.) Where did you get those FOB shoes? Blue suede is back?
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He had met Viveka at the time she was fresh off the boat from Mauritius, about 10 years ago.
Fuel economy and efficiency is dramatically improved over the outgoing model, although the Ranger is so fresh off the boat that when the first models hit UK roads for the first time, the manual hadn't even been printed and many of the key statistics were still awaiting formal confirmation.
But he does want it known that none of his fellow Armani-clad fly guys throw tantrums backstage just because the caviar may not be fresh off the boat from the Caspian Sea.
It's not every day that an immigrant more or less fresh off the boat gets invited to help run a national institution.
The sitcom, Fresh Off the Boat is the first Asian American family centric TV series in nearly 20 years.
The occasion for my visit was the start of the Amritsari food festival -- Twenty- 9' s first regional cuisine showcase -- and I took a colleague, who's fresh off the boat from Kerala, to introduce him to my favourite cuisine.
He's proposed that some of the 11,277 apartments in Stuyvesant Town, one of Manhattan's nicer areas, should be given to Irish immigrants fresh off the boat.
There's a buzz of activity dockside as a platoon of forklifts scurry about, hauling crates of bananas fresh off the boat from Ecuador.
Fresh off the boat from Ellis Island, Tateh and his child will claw their way toward the American dream.
Instead, what you'll want to do is merely slip a few potent Irishisms into your speech, thereby playing the easier role of someone whose Irish accent is simply waning after years in America, rather than a Mick fresh off the boat.
I was quickly seduced by CornwallOs rocky shores, secret coves, turquoise waters, and seafood fresh off the boat Ixit really does have a a magical quality.
I was quickly seduced by Cornwall's rocky shores, secret coves, turquoise waters, and seafood fresh off the boat - it really does have a a magical quality.
This recently published book tells this story, from the man's penniless days as a 16 year old, fresh off the boat from Germany, to his death right before World War I.
It served as a much-needed refuge for dirt-poor immigrant families fresh off the boat from Ireland.