all hands to the pumps

all hands to the pumps

Help! The phrase comes from sailing days when a leak in the hull required immediate help in bailing out the incoming seawater. A variant is “all hands and the cook on deck,” meaning the entire ship's roster was needed in an emergency, even the cook, who was never expected to participate in mariner activities.
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IT'S a case of all hands to the pumps as Pelaw Grange starts its Easter Racing and Beer Festival today, writes John Forbes.
ALL hands to the pumps as Wales keep out this free-kick from Lukas Podolski; TOSHACK directs his troops in Frankfurt last night
It's been all hands to the pumps at a South Wales fire station which played host to Serbian firefighters and Scouts.
As you may recall, the Terriers' clubhouse burned down on the eve of this season so it was all hands to the pumps ( which meant landlord Graeme brought along his lodger.
In normal circumstances we would not have put Brian through a game with that injury, but it was a case of all hands to the pumps against Plymouth.
It was all hands to the pumps as Stenny tried everything to draw level but they could not breach a determined Arbroath rearguard.
Melvyn Fookes, finance director with the Stafford-based firm, said: "We tell it like it is here and in an uncertain market it's all hands to the pumps.
It is all hands to the pumps for Bishop Auckland at Prescot Cables where manager Brian Honour is definitely minus suspended pair Stephen West and Chris Neil.
But added: "If we find ourselves struggling and needing the points then it's going to be all hands to the pumps.
The north-east circuit, who are the track with a 'Casque Mark' for supplying their racegoers with real ale, will be holding their annual beer festival over the Easter Holiday and it will, quite literally, be all hands to the pumps.
But if we're struggling and needing points then it'll be all hands to the pumps.
It was all hands to the pumps near the end, but no-one will ever be able to claim that Newcastle's squad are short of courage.
The NHS is going to have to get all hands to the pumps and it will need all the help it can get.