when (one's) ship comes in

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when (one's) ship comes in

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

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

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

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
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