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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.
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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

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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In addition, the court allowed the deduction for some of the intangibles even though the taxpayer did not abandon all of them.
The decision in Massey-Ferguson permits them to abandon and deduct part of the acquisition price when they close down part or all of the acquired business.
Alternatively, it can be viewed as part of the intent to abandon test.
The Tax Court denied the deduction on the grounds that the taxpayer failed to abandon the property in 1976.
Therefore, the taxpayer did all he could to abandon his interest and was entitled to the loss deduction.
34) However, the prior cases that used worthlessness did so either to prevent a taxpayer who could not expeditiously abandon property from being disadvantaged or to prevent a taxpayer from delaying the year of the deduction.
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If this dictum were followed, an abandonment loss could be claimed only if the taxpayer abandons a partnership interest that is not worthless.
When a partner abandons his partnership interest, the remaining partners are considered to assume the departing partner's share of partnership debts for Sec.
Example 3: M, a general partner, abandons her interest in the MNO partnership when her basis is $120,000 and her share of partnership recourse liabilities is $110,000.
The IRS was concerned that a partner would be able to manipulate the timing of his loss deduction on a partnership interest that became worthless by waiting until a later tax year to abandon his interest.
While the Tax Court found no abandonment by Echols or by the partnership, the Fifth Circuit reversed this holding, finding that Echols did indeed abandon his interest in the partnership during 1976.
Thus, if an asset should become worthless in Year 1 but the taxpayer should take no steps to abandon it until Year 2, the inimical result of the commissioner's position would be a disallowed deduction in Year 1 for lack of abandonment and a disallowed deduction in Year 2 as well because the property first became worthless in Year 1--a classic Catch-22 position for taxpayers.