abandon ship

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abandon ship ‎(third-person singular simple present abandons ship, present participle abandoning ship, simple past and past participle abandoned ship)

  1. To leave or forsake a ship, due to its impending doom.
  2. (idiomatic) (By extension) To leave a person or organization when the going gets tough.


  • Christine A. Lindberg (editor), The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition (Spark Publishing, 2007 [2002], ISBN 978-1-4114-0500-4), page 1