be in the same boat


be in the same boat,
also, all in the same boat,
or, in the same boat


  • be in the same unpleasant situation as other people
  • facing the same challenges as others
  • having the same problems

Example Sentences

  1. The speaker said that everyone should make an effort towards the protection of the environment, as everyone was in the same boat, and climate changes would have dire consequences for all.
  2. Joe said that he hated his job, to which Bill retorted that they were all in the same boat.
  3. When it came to contributing to the event, they realized they were in the same boat; none of them had much money with them, so they decided to drop it.
  4. Until this virus is beaten across the area, we are all in the same boat with the necessity for equal restrictions.
  5. I know this is difficult work, but we are all in the same boat here, so we’ll have to do this together.
  6. When he lost his job, he twittered that it was not wrong to know he was in the same boat as about three hundred thousand others in the country.
  7. Tragedies, wars, and diseases should be times in which everybody works together against the crisis. So, we’re all in the same boat.


The phrase originated in the mid-1800s and was used mainly by the Greeks to refer to the risks faced by the passengers in a small boat at sea. Another interesting but probably incorrect theory about the origin of the phrase refers to the sinking of the ship Titanic in 1912 when people from all classes were stuck in the same situation when the ship was sinking.

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