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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!
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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.
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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 threshold issue in a voluntary reconveyance, foreclosure or abandonment is determining whether a taxable event has occurred.
The income statement for the year would include only the $10,000 realized loss from the disposal of asset A (the $120,000 book value less the $110,000 abandonment value).
Instead, coupled with all the other signs of abandonment, it suggests that they learned of the Cleveland arrests while outside their home, and logically decided that it would be too risky to return.
The evidence supports the hypothesis that arson rates are sensitive to risk-return considerations in a manner consistent with economic models of criminal behavior and financial models of abandonment.
There is still room for retailers to improve the way the shopping cart looks, feels and operates to facilitate the shopper's desire for a seamless online and in-store experience -- and reduce true abandonment," Davidson added.
How does the term omnichannel figure into abandonment, if at all?
Today s regulations make this relief available for later years as well and extend it to victims of spousal abandonment.
Going forward, there are two positive outcomes that could result from these abandonments.
Despite the state law, child abandonments still occur.
165(a) abandonment loss deduction; it did not unambiguously communicate an intent to abandon its branching rights and, in fact, the "narrowly-drawn noncompete covenant" relating to the acquired branches sale communicated that the taxpayer intended to preserve its right to conduct business in the state in which the branches were located.
He understands book two, where the ethos of classical epic is most pervasive, as revealing an obsessive intertextual concern with Dido's abandonment.
Lowenstein concludes by saying the "'wave of baptism' was not the abandonment of tradition itself, but .
While many of the states have passed safe haven laws, most have not provided adequate funding to educate the public about this safe alternative to infant abandonment.
British Waterways may think they have a problem with discarded shopping trolleys, but in the world of e-commerce abandonment of shopping devices is rife.
Bishop Michael Ingham of New Westminster has revoked the licences of four priests when they failed, after three months, to respond to a notice of presumption of abandonment of ministry.