desert a sinking ship

to stop being involved in something that is becoming less and less successful

Senior executives at the company were the first to desert the sinking ship.

Thesaurus: to stop doing somethingsynonym to kill a person or animalsynonym
Main entry: ship

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • leave a sinking ship — leave/abandon/desert/a sinking ship phrase to stop being involved in something that is becoming less and less successful Senior executives at the company were the first to desert the sinking ship. Thesaurus: to stop doing somethingsynonym to kil …   Useful english dictionary

  • abandon a sinking ship — leave/abandon/desert/a sinking ship phrase to stop being involved in something that is becoming less and less successful Senior executives at the company were the first to desert the sinking ship. Thesaurus: to stop doing somethingsynonym to kil …   Useful english dictionary

  • ship — I UK [ʃɪp] / US noun [countable] Word forms ship : singular ship plural ships *** a) a very large boat used for carrying people or goods long distances His ship sailed from Pearl Harbor on Monday. a cargo/cruise/supply ship on board/aboard ship:… …   English dictionary

  • ship — ship1 [ ʃıp ] noun count *** a very large boat used for carrying people or goods long distances: His ship sailed from Pearl Harbor on Monday. a cargo/cruise/supply ship on board/aboard ship: There were over 350 passengers aboard the ship. a.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • ship — I n. 1) to build; refit a ship 2) to christen; launch a ship 3) to navigate; sail a ship 4) to scuttle; sink; torpedo a ship 5) to abandon ship (when it is sinking) 6) to jump ship ( to desert from a ship s crew ) 7) to raise a sunken ship 8) to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • desert — 1. v. 1 tr. abandon, give up, leave (deserted the sinking ship). 2 tr. forsake or abandon (a cause or a person, people, etc., having claims on one) (deserted his wife and children). 3 tr. fail (his presence of mind deserted him). 4 intr. Mil. run …   Useful english dictionary

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  • rat — [rat] n. [ME ratte < OE ræt, akin to Ger ratz, ratte < PGmc * ratto < ? IE base * red , * rōd , to scratch, gnaw > L radere, to scrape, rodere, to gnaw] 1. any of numerous long tailed rodents of various families (esp. Muridae and… …   English World dictionary

  • rat — n. & v. n. 1 a any of several rodents of the genus Rattus (brown rat). b any similar rodent (muskrat; water rat). 2 a deserter from a party, cause, difficult situation, etc.; a turncoat (from the superstition that rats desert a sinking ship). 3… …   Useful english dictionary

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