when (one's) ship comes in

when (one's) ship comes in

When one becomes wealthy and/or successful. When my ship comes in, I'm moving out of this disgusting little apartment first thing!
See also: come, ship
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when one's ship comes in

Fig. when one becomes rich and successful. When my ship comes in, we'll live in one of these huge mansions on the hill, my lass. When your ship comes in, Otto, I'll probably die of amazement!
See also: come, ship
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

when one's ship comes in

When one has made one's fortune, as in When my ship comes in I'll get a Mercedes or better. This term alludes to ships returning from far-off places with a cargo of valuables. It may be obsolescent. [Mid-1800s]
See also: come, ship
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

when your ship comes in

If you talk about what you will do when your ship comes in, you mean what you will do when you become rich and successful. She always used to say that when her ship came in, she'd take us all on a cruise. Note: You can also say that someone's or something's ship has come in, meaning that they have suddenly become rich and successful. The ship has come in for Associated British Ports where profits have soared to £62.1 million. Note: This is a reference to a merchant's ship returning home with a heavy load of goods.
See also: come, ship
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

when someone's ship comes in (or home)

when someone's fortune is made.
This expression dates back to the period of Britain's maritime empire, when the safe arrival of a valuable cargo meant an instant fortune for the owner and those who had shares in the enterprise.
See also: come, ship
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when your ˈship/ˈboat comes in

(informal) when you are suddenly successful or have a lot of money: Perhaps, when our ship comes in, we’ll both be able to leave our jobs.
See also: boat, come, ship
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when my ship comes in

See ship coming in.
See also: come, ship
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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