abandon ship


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abandon ship

1. Literally, to escape from a sinking ship. We had to abandon ship after the collision with the rocks tore a hole in the hull.
2. By extension, to leave a failing organization or bad situation. Amid rumors that the company was filing for bankruptcy, the employees started to abandon ship.
See also: abandon, ship

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
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Clive said: "We hit the iceberg at about midnight, so it was an anxious few hours wait before the captain decided to abandon ship.
Rick, it's time for Bob to get out of the way if Bernhard needs to abandon ship.
The five crew members were ordered to abandon ship, and with the assistance of the helicopter's deployed rescue swimmer, they were safely hoisted into the aircraft.
WHEN your manager tells the press after a 1-1 home draw with third-bottom Cardiff: 'We are consistently punching above our weight,' it's time to abandon ship.
They have to either play along with the White House line or abandon ship, and neither Mary Cheney nor Mary Matalin, with their ties to Dick Cheney, are in a position to do that.
The crew of a fishing boat had to abandon ship after their vessel started taking on water off Aberthaw.
Abandon Ship is the Eugene indie rock trio composed of the Lester brothers - Damian (bass), Gabriel (guitar) and Nathen (drums) - but don't call it a band of brothers.
There were two vital controls needed there - abandon ship and man overboard.
Crew members on the Tricolor had to abandon ship as the vessel sank and were taken to Dunkirk after being picked up from lifeboats.
The crew reported Thursday evening that the ship was listing and that they were preparing to abandon ship, the officials said.
With affordable housing still in acutely short supply, now is not the time for investors to abandon ship.
Jaws too was haunted by the idea of nuclear holocaust, and by fear of retribution: it makes one character retell the story of the USS Indianapolis, the battleship that delivered the atomic bombs meant for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, then suffered a suitably cosmic trial--hit by a torpedo, its crew forced to abandon ship in shark-infested seas, and hundreds of seamen dead.
But people have worried that if larger shareholders, not wanting to invest the resources needed to improve the firm, just decide to abandon ship and walk away, then "that would mean that corporate governance was even worse," said Admati.
The vessel is reportedly about to sink and crew are preparing to abandon ship.