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. (by extension) To leave a person or organization when things become difficult.


  • “abandon ship” in Christine A. Lindberg, editor, The Oxford College Dictionary, 2nd edition, New York, N.Y.: Spark Publishing, 2002, ISBN 978-1-4114-0500-4, page 1.