rats abandon a sinking ship

rats abandon a sinking ship

The least loyal, trustworthy, or dependable people will be the first to begin abandoning a failing endeavor. Times of crisis will test the loyalty of the people you've hired. Rats abandon a sinking ship, while the people worth holding onto the most will stay until the very end.
See also: abandon, rat, ship, sink

Rats abandon a sinking ship.

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Prov. You can tell when something is about to fail because large numbers of people begin to leave it. (Can imply that the people who leave are "rats," that is, selfish and disloyal.) Jill: The company next door must be going bankrupt. Jane: How do you know? Jill: All its employees are resigning. Rats abandon a sinking ship.
See also: abandon, Rat, ship, sink