all hands to the pump

all hands to the pump phrase
used for saying that everyone must work hard because the situation is urgent
Thesaurus: everyone and everybodysynonym
Main entry: pump

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all ˌhands on ˈdeck idiom
(also all ˌhands to the ˈpump) (saying, humorous) everyone helps or must help, especially in a difficult situation

There are 30 people coming to dinner tonight, so it's all hands on deck.

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Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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