off the boat

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
See also: boat, off
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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.
When we had carried all these things on shore (the oars, mast, sail, and rudder of the boat were carried away before), we knocked a great hole in her bottom, that if they had come strong enough to master us, yet they could not carry off the boat.
During the previously mentioned "Dancing With the Stars" season finale that's on tonight after "Fresh Off the Boat," the champion will be named and presented with the Mirrorball Trophy.
Last night's episode of Fresh Off the Boat addressed this commonality head-on: Eddie's school finally gets a second Chinese-American kid, and everyone assumes they'll be best buds simply because of their shared genetic material.
Baggage is lifted off the boat and rolled to the cottages on a handcart: There are no motor vehicles on the island.
We kitted up and backrolled off the boat, descending to swim over the coral, cameras in hand.
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).
A young girl gets off the boat and a person dressed as a British officer stops her and prevents the passengers from reaching shore.