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In The Same Boat

How did “all in the same boat” come to mean equal­ity of op­por­tu­nity – or lack of it?

The al­lu­sion is to a ship­wreck. When a ship is wrecked and has to be aban­doned, all dis­tinc­tion of class must be aban­doned as well. Each man must ac­cept and share the com­mon fate – they’re “all in the same boat.”

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