slow boat to China


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on a slow boat to China

On a course or trajectory that will take a very long amount of time, especially with the conclusion or destination being uncertain. Sometimes used humorously or facetiously. It's been three weeks since I ordered those clothes online—is the package on a slow boat to China or something? Unfortunately, our investments seem to be on a slow boat to China at the moment due to the volatility of the market.
See also: boat, china, on, slow

slow boat to China

A very long time. A poker players' expression for a player who constantly lost was “I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China,” meaning that the others would have all the time in the world to win the guy's money. Composer Frank Loesser used the phrase as the title and the first line of a 1948 romantic ballad, and the expression started being used as a compliment.
See also: boat, china, slow
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Shame, then, that the plot dawdles along like a slow boat to China.
As we left the crematorium to the strains of Dean Martin's Slow Boat to China.
That slow boat to China is suddenly a fast flight to everywhere and it's eating up our lives at an amazing pace.
The out-going MP added, 'I would put the whole Number 10 spin department on a slow boat to China and hope the plug works loose - and you can quote me on that.
He also liked to dine at the town's Bangkok Thai restaurant and the posh Slow Boat to China in the nearby village of Manilva.
It was a slow boat to China, and the boat had holes.
It was local boy Andy Prior - he was born in Leigh - who opened the concert with a brace of vntage standards, Almost Like Being In Love and Slow Boat To China, the latter given an up-to-date makeover by the band's pianist, Brian Pendleton.
But the slow boat to China bid has been dismissed as junk by Britannia bosses in Leith.
Produced by mentor David Foster, who has worked with Michael Buble, Celine Dion and Josh Groban, Renee's album features jazzy classic standards such as Summertime, On A Slow Boat To China, Midnight At The Oasis and an amazing rendition of Someone To Watch Over Me, and her stunning voice belies her age.
WHETHER you take the slow boat to China for the pork, or a fast 747 to Chicago for the gamey starter, one thing is for sure - these dishes are designed to impress.
IT WAS certainly not a slow boat to China, more a flying visit.
In my youth, there was a song about a slow boat to China.
are injured, Darren Jackson is on a slow boat to China and Billy Dodds will miss out because of suspension.
If ever I have to take a slow boat to China I will choose one with a bowsprit.
I've heard of the slow boat to China, but never thought it returned via Thailand.