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like rats abandoning a sinking ship

With great haste and having only personal well-being in mind. (Typically said of people who begin abandoning something or someone that is failing or about to fail.) I knew the business was doomed when employees started quitting en masse, like rats abandoning a sinking ship. Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, the disgraced athlete's corporate sponsors began pulling their sponsorships one after another.
See also: abandon, like, rat, ship, sink

with wild abandon

With rash, unrestrained impulsiveness, enthusiasm, or zeal. Ever since my brother got that car for his birthday, he's been motoring around at night with wild abandon. The insurgents set upon the town and began firing their weapons with wild abandon.
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with reckless abandon

With rash, unrestrained impulsiveness, enthusiasm, or zeal. Ever since my brother got that car for his birthday, he's been motoring around at night with reckless abandon. The insurgents set upon the town and began firing their weapons with reckless abandon.
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Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.

Prov. If you come in, be prepared for the worst. (Describes a hopeless situation or one somehow similar to hell. Often used jocularly. This is the English translation of the words on the gate of Hell in Dante's Inferno.) This is our cafeteria. Abandon hope, all ye who enter here!
See also: abandon, all, enter, here, who, ye

abandon oneself to something

to yield to the comforts or delights of something. The children abandoned themselves to the delights of the warm summer day.
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abandon ship

 
1. Lit. to leave a sinking ship. The captain ordered the crew and passengers to abandon ship.
2. . Fig. to leave a failing enterprise. A lot of the younger people are abandoning ship because they can get jobs elsewhere easily.
See also: abandon, ship

abandon someone or something to someone or something

to leave a person, living creature, or thing to the care of someone or something; to give up someone or something to someone or something. (Usually with the thought that the abandoned person or thing will not receive the best of care.) They had to abandon the dogs to the storm.
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Rats abandon a sinking ship.

 and like rats abandoning a sinking ship
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

abandon to

v.
1. To desert someone or something in some situation: Because it was too dangerous for us to save our sinking boat, we had to abandon it to the storm's waves.
2. To allow someone to accept or enjoy something without resisting it. Used reflexively: At the amusement park I abandoned myself to the excitement of the roller coaster rides.
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The court found that the two requirements for an abandonment were met: (1) Citron intended to abandon his interest and (2) he took an overt action to abandon it.
In addition, SER's Encore Plus(TM), an automated message delivery system, ensures contact center operators adhere to abandon call rate legislation by providing the ability to record campaign specific messages, which can be played in the unlikely event that an agent is unavailable at the time a consumer answers the telephone.
These rates vary by gender and age, with women (68%) more likely to abandon a clothing or apparel transaction than men (51%), especially female millennials (78%).
In September last year Darley bought Reckless Abandon but he was leased back to race for his original owners Julie Deadman and Stephen Barrow.
A "hybrid consequential damages clause"--This clause assesses a specified amount of money per day for a specified number of months if the owner doesn't finish the work within the contractual completion date after the contractor abandons the project and which provides that the owner is entitled to actual consequential damages thereafter.
LiveVox developed its patented automated call distributor (ACD) in 2005 to transfer calls and consumer information instantly, cutting abandons while pacing aggressively enough to maximize agent productivity.
She said: "It's shocking that anyone could abandon any animal in this way, especially such young puppies.
Even much later, reformers' campaigns aimed as much to force married people (in places like Florence, Milan, and Palermo) to keep their children as to force the unmarried to abandon theirs.
They blocked completion of a Forestry Agency road through Japan's largest remaining beech forest, forced the agency to abandon its practice of replanting clearcut beech stands with Japanese cedar, and limited the size of clearcuts to around 12 acres.
314 US 661, abandonment requires an intent to abandon the property coupled with an overt or identifiable act that manifests that intent.
Sometimes the owner of an asset decides to abandon his or her property.
John Dawes, Co-Chair of the PA AML Campaign, said, "While the election is over and some won't return next year, our Senators and members of Congress still have an obligation to not abandon Pennsylvania with the nation's largest legacy of damage from the coal industry.
Women and their partners most often abandon their illegitimate babies to escape punishment and imprisonment.
To report an abandoned vehicle, call (800) ABANDON.
Coun Clive Davies said: ``The irresponsible people who abandon cars are taking money out of all our pockets and this is fast becoming an increasing problem.