jump ship

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.
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jump ship

to leave a job or activity suddenly Although most of our employees are satisfied with their jobs, half of them would probably jump ship if something becames available elsewhere. The original star of the TV series jumped ship after the first season.
Usage notes: often said about someone who goes to work for another company
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of jump ship (to leave a ship without permission while it is temporarily in a port in the middle of a trip)
See also: jump, ship

jump ship

if you jump ship, you leave a job or activity suddenly before it is finished, especially to go and work for someone else Another advertising agency offered him $1000 to jump ship.
See also: jump, ship
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A GREAT-GRANDAD was kicked off a cruise after bosses insisted a crack he had made about wanting to jump ship made him a "suicide risk".
I WRITE with regard to your piece about Tory AM Antoinette Sandbach attempting to jump ship and become an MP in Cheshire.
Sadly, the viewing figures suggest thy didn't just jump ship.
The Obama Administration has said it will veto any new sanctions while the talks continue in part because new sanctions might encourage allies to jump ship.
Yet to return to sea since the night he was forced to jump ship and swim for his life, he plans to do so later this year.
If, as he claims, he is innocent of any wrong-doing, why did he jump ship before the West Yorkshire Police Authority met to decide his future?
I think her willingness to jump ship at the first sight of a better offer proves she was never truly a part of this show.
The initiative is run in partnership by live literature specialists Mercy, Jump Ship Rat, and experimental music collective Sound Network, alongside studios and independent galleries Red Wire, Lost Soul and Stranger Service Station, Arena Gallery and Studios and The Royal Standard - and supported by Shops Up Front and Arts Council England.
I hope they won't be tempted, on the back of one disappointing year, to jump ship.
Ian Miller and captain Steve Foster were the only two players not to jump ship after the Quakers went into financial meltdown this summer.
In an age when players are quick to jump ship to chase the most lucrative deal on offer, the Manchester United, England and on-loan Watford goalkeeper has shown remarkable brand loyalty.
My philosophy is that people aren't inclined to jump ship if they have something important to do,'' said Hoskins, 51, operations manager at Kinemetrics Inc.
In an industry where the grass so often appears greener at other firms and where executives frequently jump ship to join the ranks of the competition, perhaps one of the reasons why Huffner has shown so much loyalty to the firm he started working for 15 years ago is the leeway it gave him when his father became ill with cancer in 1996.
The full back was expected to jump ship, with Leeds Tykes and London Irish waiting, but he turned down the bigger pay packet for the game he loves.
Being first in the market, too, will make customers reluctant to jump ship to another provider, say executives.