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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Can you go back to Canada or have you burned your boats? Would you feel guilty about leaving your parents again?
If you have already put some money into a Mini ISA, you have burned your boats for that particular tax year.
If he does, I think you will have burned your boats with him.
I honestly think you've burned your boats. No woman would forgive you and take you back when she learns you've been unfaithful.