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push the boat out
To put forth the maximum amount of effort and/or resources toward some product or event. It's clear that they've pushed the boat out with this device, as they try to reinvigorate their brand after a decade-long slump in sales. The company really pushed the boat out for Sam's retirement party, making it a gala affair and sparing no expense.
push the boat outBRITISH
If you push the boat out, you spend a lot of money in order to celebrate something or have a very enjoyable time. I earn enough to push the boat out now and again. Keep an eye on James. He's likely to push the boat out among his friends. Note: This expression may come from people having a farewell party before setting sail on a voyage.
push the boat outbe lavish in your spending or celebrations. British informal
Push the boat out apparently originated as mid 20th-century naval slang meaning ‘pay for a round of drinks’.