like rats from a sinking ship

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like rats from a sinking ship

With great haste and having only personal wellbeing in mind. (Typically said of people who begin abandoning something or someone that is failing or about to fail.) I knew the business was doomed when employees started quitting en masse, like rats from a sinking ship. Like rats from a sinking ship, the disgraced athlete's corporate sponsors began pulling their sponsorships one after another.
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