jump ship

jump ship

1. To suddenly abandon one's post on a ship, as of a sailor. No one has been able to find that missing sailor, so they think he probably jumped ship.
2. By extension, to suddenly abandon any post or task. I can't believe he resigned and jumped ship before bringing about the big changes he promised.
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jump ship

 
1. Lit. to leave one's job on a ship and fail to be aboard it when it sails; [for a sailor] to go AWOL. One of the deckhands jumped ship at the last port.
2. Fig. to leave any post or position; to quit or resign, especially when there is difficulty with the job. None of the editors liked the new policies, so they all jumped ship as soon as other jobs opened up.
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jump ship

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abandon ship

COMMON If you jump ship or abandon ship, you leave an organization because you think it is going to fail or because you want to join a rival organization. Landau had jumped ship by the time the company collapsed. For weeks he worked eighteen-hour days, pleading with his staff not to abandon ship. Note: If sailors jump ship, they leave their ship without permission and do not return.
See also: jump, ship

jump ship

1 (of a sailor) leave the ship on which you are serving without having obtained permission to do so. 2 suddenly abandon an organization, enterprise, etc.
See also: jump, ship

jump ˈship


1 (of a sailor) leave the ship on which you are serving, without permission: Two of the sailors jumped ship in New York.
2 leave an organization that you belong to, suddenly and unexpectedly: When they realized that the company was in serious financial trouble, quite a few of the staff jumped ship.
See also: jump, ship
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I WRITE with regard to your piece about Tory AM Antoinette Sandbach attempting to jump ship and become an MP in Cheshire.
Sadly, the viewing figures suggest thy didn't just jump ship.
Yet to return to sea since the night he was forced to jump ship and swim for his life, he plans to do so later this year.
If, as he claims, he is innocent of any wrong-doing, why did he jump ship before the West Yorkshire Police Authority met to decide his future?
I think her willingness to jump ship at the first sight of a better offer proves she was never truly a part of this show.
I hope they won't be tempted, on the back of one disappointing year, to jump ship.
Ian Miller and captain Steve Foster were the only two players not to jump ship after the Quakers went into financial meltdown this summer.
In an age when players are quick to jump ship to chase the most lucrative deal on offer, the Manchester United, England and on-loan Watford goalkeeper has shown remarkable brand loyalty.
My philosophy is that people aren't inclined to jump ship if they have something important to do,'' said Hoskins, 51, operations manager at Kinemetrics Inc.
Now when English ships were in America and one of their crew members took ill, or died, a slave was bought to do the missing man's job, then when the sailors returned to Liverpool, more often than not, the African slave would jump ship.
In an industry where the grass so often appears greener at other firms and where executives frequently jump ship to join the ranks of the competition, perhaps one of the reasons why Huffner has shown so much loyalty to the firm he started working for 15 years ago is the leeway it gave him when his father became ill with cancer in 1996.
The full back was expected to jump ship, with Leeds Tykes and London Irish waiting, but he turned down the bigger pay packet for the game he loves.
Being first in the market, too, will make customers reluctant to jump ship to another provider, say executives.
He apparently believes that day-to-day concerns such as the liberty to desert and get drunk or the liberty to jump ship for higher wages somehow precludes adherence to what he sees as more abstract "ideology".