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1Leave a ship because it is sinking:‘a Mayday message was received before all on board abandoned ship’
vacate, leave, quit, evacuate, withdraw fromView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Hurriedly leave an organization or enterprise:‘he would rather abandon ship now than resign in shame in two years’
sell up, sell out, sellView synonyms
- ‘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.’
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