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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.
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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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Although the authority has not voted on whether to sell the 59-acre property where the new terminal would have been built, Burbank council members were angered that the authority did not consult them about abandoning the terminal effort.
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When abandoning a partnership interest, a partner claims a loss for that interest's value.
Also, if the partner abandoning a partnership interest is insolvent or bankrupt, other issues may affect the tax results.
In all three cases the partner claimed a loss for worthlessness because of the insolvency of the partnership without abandoning the partnership interest.
Former state and county environmental regulator Angelo Bellomo, who played a key role in exposing similar dangers that led to abandoning Belmont after $175 million had been spent, said the system of regulatory protections is seriously flawed.
1398(f)(2), and the trustee shifted the tax consequences of foreclosure to the debtor by abandoning the property.
Upon abandoning Belmont, the board majority vowed to return by March 28 with new sites for downtown campuses.
Sanbrano's group is part of a civil rights coalition that is preparing a lawsuit to stop the board from abandoning Belmont, she said.
It's just like a man abandoning a child to dump them like that.
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Horrified by the fatal mauling of a toddler in South Central Los Angeles, pit bull owners are abandoning their dogs in droves at animal shelters and rescue agencies, city officials said Wednesday.