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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
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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