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sinking ship

A failing or floundering organization or entity. After all of the recent layoffs, most consider the company a sinking ship.
See also: ship, sink

a sinking ship

If an organization or cause is a sinking ship, it is failing and unlikely to recover. Insiders regard the company as a sinking ship. Note: You can also say that someone abandons, deserts or leaves a sinking ship, to mean that they leave an organization or activity which is about to fail. I know some people will say that I am leaving a sinking ship. He seems to be suggesting that we're deserting a sinking ship, but that's not the case. Compare with like rats deserting a sinking ship.
See also: ship, sink
References in classic literature ?
An hour later the form of Janette Harford, invisible in the darkness and spray, was torn from my grasp by the cruel vortex of the sinking ship, and I fainted in the cordage of the floating mast to which I had lashed myself.
And how many things that he wouldn't lose for the world will he have to give up before he is thirty, I reflected sententiously,--give up at last, maybe, with a stony indifference, as men on a sinking ship take no thought of the gold and specie in the hold.
You thought that I was ruined, and you scudded like rats from a sinking ship. Well, I found you out, and a jolly good thing too.
They know the sinking ship and leave her, no one knows how or whither.
If we took Mr Christley and his ilk seriously we'd have experienced energy blackouts several times since 2004 and yet (rather like the sinking ships and collapse of the tourist industry) this hasn't happened yet.
Herriman, UT, March 19, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Sinking Ships, Flying Torpedoes, Gunners honing their sites trying to destroy you before they themselves are destroyed.
THE "women and children first" etiquette for getting into lifeboats on sinking ships is a myth, research shows.
Word cages I hear the sounds of cowards' lips, Quotations from their laser whips, Their hearts aligned to the thrips, Sending us down in sinking ships.
Or what about bands playing on sinking ships? Where other great tragedies inspire reverence and respect, the sinking of Titanic has majored on a money-making frenzy of movies and memorabilia.
operations included lifting old sinking ships and removing old fishing nets,
He's good at sinking ships. Rocket123 Sad to see it go (not that it will, it will be there rotting for years) as it adds to the wonderful vista that is Middlehaven.
Ever So Shy, meanwhile, is shot through with 60s nostalgia but will be explosive live, and Sinking Ships is a semi-acoustic strum that recalls Jimmy Eat World.
Al Jazeera's Claudio Lavanga said investigators believe the mafia began sinking ships when the European Union introduced wider restrictions on toxic waste disposal.
Other female actresses have been thrown from exploding buildings, crashing planes and sinking ships and even been attacked by dinosaurs, aliens and vampires - but not one has ever laddered her stockings!
German U-boats are lurking off the Atlantic coast and sinking ships destined for England with needed men and materiel.