ship of state
Date: 1615 the affairs of a state symbolized as a ship on a course

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  • ship of state — the affairs of a state symbolized as a ship on a course * * * a nation or its affairs likened to a ship under sail. [1665 75] * * * ship of state, the government: »... sail on, O Ship of State! Sail on, O Union strong and great! (Longfellow) …   Useful english dictionary

  • ship of state — a nation or its affairs likened to a ship under sail. [1665 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • ship of state — national affairs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ship of the line — Ship Ship, n. [OE. ship, schip, AS. scip; akin to OFries. skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG. scif, Dan. skib, Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip; of unknown origin. Cf. {Equip}, {Skiff}, {Skipper}.] 1. Any large seagoing vessel. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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