One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used in various phrases to describe an organization or endeavor that is failing, usually in the context of criticizing someone for leaving it.‘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?’
- ‘But he got aboard a sinking ship and has had little chance to plug the leaks.’
- ‘So what makes the captain of a sinking ship so deserving?’
- ‘They haven't jumped a sinking ship and that's appreciated.’
- ‘Has he received words of encouragement from friends and the like, or has this been jumping off a sinking ship?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I, on the other hand am not impressed because if we're ever on a sinking ship, my husband is sinking like a rock.’
- ‘His resignation should shortly follow the elections, paving the way for someone new to come in and rebuild a sinking ship.’
- ‘I have to think of my future and I don't want to hang around a sinking ship.’
- ‘The experience that steadied a sinking ship is likely to remain and changes will be implemented with care.’
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