right the ship

Discussion in 'English Only' started by rosicler, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. rosicler Senior Member

    Forida, USA
    I don't understand what does "right the ship" mean in the sentence. I think is an expressión.

    If perfectionism is a problem for you right now, your life is out of balance. What you are trying to do is "right the ship" a little bit at a time.

  2. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Literally, to right the ship is to bring it back to an upright, vertical, position.
  3. JamesM

    JamesM à la Mod (English Only)

    When a ship "leans" to one side or the other, it's called "listing." A ship that is out of balance (due to shifting cargo, for example) will list to one side. As Panj says, to "right" the ship is to balance the ship back out so that sits perfectly upright in the water.
  4. rosicler Senior Member

    Forida, USA
    I wanted to be sure it has no other meaning. Sometimes, I can't see the difference between an expression or literal terms.Thank you.

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