fresh off the boat

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Nov 30 19:12:59 UTC 2010

The expression "fresh off the boat" meaning recently immigrated to the
United States is not in the OED or in DARE. It ought to be. The OED
says that F.O.B. means "free on board," which for all I know it might,
but to most people it means "fresh off the boat."


Paul Frank
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