burn (one's) boats

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burn (one's) boats

To do something that cannot be easily undone or reversed in the future. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I think you burned your boats when you announced you were quitting and proceeded to insult your boss in front of the whole staff. She's young, so I don't think she realizes that she'll be burning her boats if she goes to work for their competitor.
See also: boat, burn

burn your boats (or bridges)

commit yourself irrevocably.
In a military campaign, burning your boats or bridges would make escape or retreat impossible.
See also: boat, burn
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The Vikings burned their boats when they landed on new shores.
As for Gossard, maybe they will find they burned their boats, if not their bras, should we decide against PC for our 36Cs.
They have certainly burned their boats with George Carey, archbishop of Canterbury.