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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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Schettino, 52, described by the daily Corriere della Serra as "the most hated man in Italy," is accused of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship before all the passengers were rescued.
The ship's captain, Francesco Schettino, is being investigated for suspected manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all passengers were evacuated.
Schettino, who is charged with multiple manslaughter and with abandoning ship before the evacuation of its 4,200 passengers and crew was complete, has told prosecutors he had been instructed to perform the manoeuvre by operator Costa Cruises.
Cpt Schettino and an officer were held and questioned by prosecutors on suspicion of multiple manslaughter, abandoning ship, and causing a shipwreck, reports said.
He is reportedly being held on suspicion of multiple manslaughter and abandoning ship.
THREE retired friends who died on an angling trip off Ireland tried to fight a fire on board their boat before abandoning ship.
Rescue helicopters and coastguards raced to the scene as the crew sent out a mayday alert before abandoning ship.
htm) aptain Francesco Schettino is on trial in the Tuscan town of Grosseto on charges of manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship.
Schettino told a court in Grosseto, where the trial against him for manslaughter and abandoning ship resumed, that he steered in the wrong direction and the ship crashed," he said.
Capt Francesco Schettino is accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship before all passengers were rescued.
Last night Schettino, dubbed Captain Coward, was holed-up inside his shuttered home waiting to find out if he will be charged with manslaughter, causing shipwreck and abandoning ship.