Definition of abandon ship in English:

abandon ship


  • 1Leave a ship because it is sinking:

    ‘a Mayday message was received before all on board abandoned ship’
    • ‘The men had no radio, lifejackets or lifebelts, and had been unable to abandon ship or attract attention to their plight.’
    • ‘Sir, get your dinghy launched and prepare to abandon ship if your boat is sinking.’
    • ‘Submarines were supposed to surface and give crews time to abandon ship before sinking their vessels.’
    • ‘The order was given to abandon ship, and she broke in two and sank shortly after.’
    • ‘The order was given to abandon ship and the lifeboats were launched.’
    • ‘All the ferry's passengers and crew had been ordered to put on life jackets and prepare to abandon ship.’
    • ‘The boat started sinking and we all had to abandon ship.’
    • ‘A fire in the engine-room spread to the hold, causing the crew to abandon ship.’
    • ‘For an hour her crew fought to save her before the order was given to abandon ship.’
    • ‘The resultant fire forced the ship's company to abandon ship.’
    vacate, leave, quit, evacuate, withdraw from
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    1. 1.1 Hurriedly leave an organization or enterprise:
      ‘he would rather abandon ship now than resign in shame in two years’
      • ‘Some of the candidates abandoned ship beforehand.’
      • ‘Before abandoning ship, try giving your boss some tactful feedback.’
      • ‘Many Britons are choosing to abandon ship in search of sunnier climates.’
      • ‘Tories face rock bottom as activists and captains of industry abandon ship’
      • ‘Many will surely abandon ship in despair.’
      • ‘Our captains of democracy abandoned ship a long time ago.’
      • ‘Media bosses, by contrast, seem not to be able to abandon ship quickly enough.’
      • ‘As tensions continue over the company's future, its executives have been abandoning ship at a rapid pace.’
      • ‘Democrats may be disgruntled, but they're not abandoning ship yet.’
      • ‘If they choose to abandon ship during that period, most headhunters will provide a replacement service free of charge.’
      sell up, sell out, sell
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