Please contact me with any other words or phrases that could add to this exiting story of everyday life.
I would be interested in the backgrounds to all of these phrases, particularly if they are not as obvious as they seam. Also I may be wrong and the background has a different origin.
Glad to be aboard
Taking the helm
All pull together
On the rocks
High and dry
Learning the ropes
Square meal: See comments at the top of home page re. HMS Victory
On the fiddle: The raised side of the square plate. Too much food and you were on the fiddle!
In deep water
Up the creek without a paddle.
No room to swing a cat (A cat of nine tails that is!)
Warping out of harbour (orbit). Pulling the boat out by its anchor warps.