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break ship

To fail to return to one's ship when one is supposed to. There's still been no sign of him, captain—I think he broke ship.
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break ship

fail to rejoin your ship after absence on leave.
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He added: "While breaking ships and selling of the scrap and hardware from retired vessels provides work and income for tens of thousands of persons in countries like Bangladesh, China, India, Pakistan and Turkey, the work is dangerous and deaths occur quite often as well as serious acute and chronic health problems.
WITH reference to plans to scrap the Clemenceau by Able UK Ltd at Hartlepool: no one complained when Hugh Bolckow's at Blyth or Clayton and Davy at Dunston on Tyne were breaking ships.
The arrival of the decommissioned French aircraft carrier Clemenceau in the Brittany port of Brest, after a chaotic five-month voyage and an aborted attempt to get to an Indian breaker's yard in Alang, has provided an opportunity for Europe's maritime regions to again urge the EU to address the problem of breaking ships when they reach the end of their service life.
Chairman of the Ecodock project group and Northern Defence Industries chief David Bowles said actual work on breaking ships is unlikely to start until next year due to red tape in getting contracts freed up.
Ethical owners may soon have the best of both worlds when breaking ships, however.
If that means breaking ships up, then we must go for it.