abandon ship


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abandon ship

1. Literally, to escape from a sinking ship. We had to abandon ship after the collision with the rocks tore a hole in the hull.
2. By extension, to leave a failing organization or bad situation. Amid rumors that the company was filing for bankruptcy, the employees started to abandon ship.
See also: abandon, ship

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
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The crew on the third deck, for 30 minutes straight, kept asking the bridge if they should already issue the order to abandon ship, KBS said.
Survitec Australia managing director Mark Barker said after the incident, "Noone likes to hear about sailors who need to abandon ship in the wild Southern Ocean.
Even if it was 'just in case' it (the call to abandon ship) should have been called an hour earlier, if not more."
The bad economy is causing boat owners to abandon ship, literally.
Henry Blake III, a Worcester native, ordered the 10 other crew members to abandon ship just before the Katmai sank early last Wednesday morning about 1,300 miles southwest of Anchorage.
Florenio Marino, the captain of M/V Princess of the Stars, sent a distress call moments before giving the order to abandon ship off Romblon, due to typhoon Fengshen.
Speaking from their home in Leamington Road, they told how they managed to survive in freezing temperatures after they were told they had to abandon ship.
But delve deeper into anthems such as Abandon Ship and In The Belly Of A Shark, and you'll find tight rhythms, precision riffs and tricky time changes more reminiscent of Metallica.
But I disagree with her usage of the word church and her suggestion that Catholic gays abandon ship.
Rick, it's time for Bob to get out of the way if Bernhard needs to abandon ship. All eyes will be watching Wolfsburg to see just what happens in mid-April when Piech and other members of the board decide Pischetsrieder's fate, but the real excitement may be happening behind the curtain.
The five crew members were ordered to abandon ship, and with the assistance of the helicopter's deployed rescue swimmer, they were safely hoisted into the aircraft.
WHEN your manager tells the press after a 1-1 home draw with third-bottom Cardiff: 'We are consistently punching above our weight,' it's time to abandon ship.
A South Wales Lifeboat spokesman said: ``The man was found not to be too seriously injured so we were able to send him to hospital by ambulance.'' The crew of a fishing boat had to abandon ship after their vessel started taking on water off Aberthaw.
Abandon Ship is the Eugene indie rock trio composed of the Lester brothers - Damian (bass), Gabriel (guitar) and Nathen (drums) - but don't call it a band of brothers.
'There were two vital controls needed there - abandon ship and man overboard.