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ship of state

a nation or its affairs likened to a ship under sail.
Origin of ship of state
1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And so, the ship of state sinks while the members of the band argue over what music should be played.
  • More to the point, he seems determined to scuttle the ship of state rather than hand it over to the rebels.
  • They steer their own ship of state, and in doing so, they pray for wisdom.
  • From the round top of your ship of state, dark and threatening clouds may be seen.
  • We need regulatory reform, pension reform, and budget reform to begin to right our ship of state.
  • Under such harmonious auspices was launched the new federal ship of state.
  • We kept the ship of state afloat, but only by cutting important services and lightening the load.
  • It would not have a rudder to guide the ship of state.
  • To the extent that maize availability and affordability are jeopardized, so too is the ship of state.
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ship of state

The nation, as in We can't help but wonder who will be steering our ship of state a hundred years from now. This metaphoric expression was first recorded in English in a translation of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Prince (1675).
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