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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.
See also: abandon, wild

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.
See also: abandon

abandon hope, all ye who enter here

A message warning one about a hopeless situation from which there is no return. The Italian version of this phrase appears in Dante's Divine Comedy as the inscription on the entrance to Hell. The phrase is most often used humorously. I'll never forget my first day as an intern and the sign above my cubicle that said, "Abandon all hope, all ye who enter here."
See also: abandon, all, enter, here, who, ye

abandon (oneself) to

To allow oneself to enjoy something fully. On the chilly fall day, Maria abandoned herself to the comforts of hot tea and a warm blanket.
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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

jump ship

1. To suddenly abandon one's post on a ship, as of a sailor. No one has been able to find that missing sailor, so they think he probably jumped ship.
2. By extension, to suddenly abandon any post or task. I can't believe you resigned and jumped ship before bringing about the big changes you promised.
See also: jump, ship

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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jump ship

1. Lit. to leave one's job on a ship and fail to be aboard it when it sails; [for a sailor] to go AWOL. One of the deckhands jumped ship at the last port.
2. Fig. to leave any post or position; to quit or resign, especially when there is difficulty with the job. None of the editors liked the new policies, so they all jumped ship as soon as other jobs opened up.
See also: jump, ship

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

jump ship


abandon ship

COMMON If you jump ship or abandon ship, you leave an organization because you think it is going to fail or because you want to join a rival organization. Landau had jumped ship by the time the company collapsed. For weeks he worked eighteen-hour days, pleading with his staff not to abandon ship. Note: If sailors jump ship, they leave their ship without permission and do not return.
See also: jump, ship

jump ship

1 (of a sailor) leave the ship on which you are serving without having obtained permission to do so. 2 suddenly abandon an organization, enterprise, etc.
See also: jump, ship

with gay aˈbandon

(old-fashioned) without thinking about the results or effects of a particular action: Although she was nervous at first, she was soon singing and dancing with gay abandon.
Gay here means ‘happy and without cares’.
See also: abandon, gay

jump ˈship

1 (of a sailor) leave the ship on which you are serving, without permission: Two of the sailors jumped ship in New York.
2 leave an organization that you belong to, suddenly and unexpectedly: When they realized that the company was in serious financial trouble, quite a few of the staff jumped ship.
See also: jump, ship

abandon to

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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Conversion Manager supports multiple campaign types, so website owners can split abandoners among different types of campaign treatments.
The tracking and analysis is tightly integrated with the event triggering mechanism to ensure multi-stage campaigns are always in step with the actions of abandoners who return to the site.
Conversion Manager automates real-time remarketing, so ecommerce teams easily can re-engage abandoners immediately after they leave the site and while they are still most likely to return and buy.
SeeWhy also announced that only 2 percent of web analytics users follow up on abandoners with email remarketing campaigns within an hour, while almost 90 percent of those users not currently doing email remarketing want to start.
Timely follow-up with abandoners is vital to a successful abandonment strategy because abandoners, especially intenders, are the lowest of the low-hanging fruit," Strothkamp said.
When shopping cart abandoners return, they buy big -- on average 55 percent more.
With added support for Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, Conversion Manager is unique in its ability to track individual visitor's behavior on ecommerce and other websites and trigger automated, real-time messages to shopping cart, online form, and other abandoners by email and social media the moment abandoners leave the site.
Silk, CEO of SeeWhy, said, "Bronto and SeeWhy are giving users the power to follow up with website abandoners in real time, which studies have shown is critical to successful remarketing.
The move lets Gaylord perform real-time shopping cart abandonment remarketing with optimized and automated, real-time email follow-up campaigns that can convert up to 50 percent of website abandoners to customers.
Marketers can target product abandoners, high service-level customers, accessory upsell candidates, application non-completers, high value customers and inactive visitors with specific messages and offers to yield higher profits and increased customer lifetime value.
SeeWhy real-time, shopping cart abandonment remarketing solutions can convert up to 50 percent of website abandoners to customers
Our real-time shopping cart abandonment solutions convert up to 50 percent of website abandoners to customers, delivering among the highest ROIs in the industry -- in good and bad economic climates alike.
Specifically, the non-buyer survey is designed to collect feedback from site visitors, cart abandoners and check-out abandoners.
Remarketing to website abandoners can convert up to 50 percent of abandoners into customers, so this simple extension to Google Analytics can have a big impact on conversion rates.
Merchants who don't welcome back abandoners with open arms are leaving hundreds of dollars per shopper on the table," added Davis.