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leave a sinking ship

To leave a situation in which failure is imminent. This phrase alludes to rats, the first ones said to flee a sinking ship. The CEO's sudden resignation seemed strange at the time, but now we know that he was just leaving a sinking ship, as the company has become plagued by scandal.
See also: leave, ship, sink
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Unfortunately, Holland takes the liberal, bleeding- heart approach and fails to see rats leaving a sinking ship.
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