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"nautical" idioms...

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" A sea change "
Meaning:
A radical change.
Example:
When Obama came in after George Bush there was a real sea change in US foreign policy.
Where did it originate?:
Shakespearian. An allusion to a change in the tides or weather when at sea.
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" All at sea "
Meaning:
In a confused, disordered state.
Example:
He dropped his notes just before the interview and panicked. You could say he was all at sea.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, late 19th century.
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" Flotsam and jetsam "
Meaning:
Assorted bits and pieces of rubbish; especially items that are found in the sea.
Example:
You could say that the cardboard boxes that I've moved from house to house without unpacking are the flotsam and jetsam of my life.
Where did it originate?:
Britain - 19th century. Derives from 'things that float' and 'things that have been jettisoned'.
Where is it used?:
Mostly Britain, but more widely too.
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