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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.
They know the sinking ship and leave her, no one knows how or whither.
Sanagan will work out of Sinking Ships Toronto office, whereas Kynaston will keep on working out of Vancouver.
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.
From low frequency noise and radon from the ground and to sinking ships and crashing helicopters we have had a litany of nonsense directed against them and yet any analysis of facts shows these things to be just scare stories.
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
The Defense Department: Catchphrases can't win a war unless they're loose lips sinking ships.
German U-boats are lurking off the Atlantic coast and sinking ships destined for England with needed men and materiel.
My parents hadn't yet heard the reports of pirates, storms and sinking ships that beset refugees.
From the outset reader interest is held tight with flowing details of many colorful characters, burning buildings, sinking ships, gold fever and kidnappings.