One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used with reference to a situation in which people are deserting an organization or enterprise that is failing.‘they have fled like rats from a sinking ship’
- ‘Given his obvious skills at putting the best face on a sinking ship, surely a role with the National Party would have been more appropriate?’
- ‘Has he received words of encouragement from friends and the like, or has this been jumping off a sinking ship?’
- ‘His resignation should shortly follow the elections, paving the way for someone new to come in and rebuild a sinking ship.’
- ‘But he got aboard a sinking ship and has had little chance to plug the leaks.’
- ‘I have to think of my future and I don't want to hang around a sinking ship.’
- ‘I, on the other hand am not impressed because if we're ever on a sinking ship, my husband is sinking like a rock.’
- ‘They haven't jumped a sinking ship and that's appreciated.’
- ‘Two months ago, his campaign looked like a sinking ship and today he's probably on the way to the nomination.’
- ‘The city government cleared out Tuesday night, leaving a sinking ship.’
- ‘So what makes the captain of a sinking ship so deserving?’
- ‘The experience that steadied a sinking ship is likely to remain and changes will be implemented with care.’
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