Slow boat

Posted by ESC on September 22, 2005

In Reply to: Slow boat posted by Mary Kate Rothman on September 21, 2005

: What does the idiom a slow boat to China mean?

If someone has gone to the store, for example, and takes a long time returning, it might be said: "He must of taken a slow boat to China." When the West first started trading with China, it was before modern transportation. It was a long trip even on a fast boat, longer if one was on a slow boat.