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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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Francesco Schettino, 52, is also alleged to have abandoned ship before all those on board were safe.
He says the ship may have sunk or was sinking since the crew had already abandoned ship.
The vessel got into difficulties in high winds last night and the crew abandoned ship amid fears it might capsize after its cargo of 5,258 tons of sawn timber shifted.
55pm Coastguard station Argentina reported that the crew had abandoned ship.
A crew of 15 Russians abandoned ship and arrived safely by lifeboat in Nemuro, eastern Hokkaido, Monday night after their vessel met an accident, the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) said Tuesday.
After failing to bring the blaze under control, the remaining crew members abandoned ship just after midnight.
Footage of the incident, in which one crew member suffered head injuries and another abandoned ship, has been posted on YouTube.
htm) Schettino abandoned ship , Rebello, a Mumbai native, stayed on to help other passengers to safety and even gave one his own lifejacket.
The crew abandoned ship on Sunday night when its cargo shifted and the vessel lost stability.
He was on deck when the Royal Oak was hit and abandoned ship as it began to sink.
The Coast Guard's Jayhawk crew reached the stranded crew about 90 minutes after they they abandoned ship.