when ship comes in

when one's ship comes in

Fig. when one becomes rich and successful. When my ship comes in, we'll live in one of these huge mansions on the hill, my lass. When your ship comes in, Otto, I'll probably die of amazement!
See also: come, ship

when your ship comes in

if you talk about what you will do when your ship comes in, you mean when you are rich and successful When my ship comes in, I'll build you a huge house in the country.
See jump ship, spoil the ship for a hap'orth of tar
See also: come, ship