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Expression used for to describe immigrants that just arrived in America. The expression came from the late 1800s to mid 1920s because mass of Immigrants came to New york on boats. Typically, people would use this expression to describe a foriegn person who doesn't dress well or looks poor.
Man, Leeder, Your homecomming date looks like she just came off the boat.
by mikynot June 09, 2005
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