to desert a sinking ship

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - desert a sinking ship

"to desert a sinking ship"

to leave a place, a person, or a situation when things become difficult or unpleasant


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - desert a sinking ship

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Things are looking pretty bad around here. I think the company is failing. I am looking for another job.

Colleague 2: So when the situation gets a little difficult, you are going to abandon the company like a rat deserting a sinking ship?

Colleague 1: What would you have me do?

Colleague 2: What about loyalty? What about staying and applying your experience and expertise to save the company?

Colleague 1: Maybe if I did not have a wife and children, I might be in a position to take that risk.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - desert a sinking ship

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: I thought you had a community group volunteer meeting tonight.

Friend 2: I was supposed to but the group has ceased to exist.

Friend 1: What happened?

Friend 2: The government cut our funding so everyone deserted the sinking ship rather than staying and trying to find new sources of funding.

Friend 1: That's too bad.

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to desert a sinking ship - Gerund Form:

Leaving a sinking ship when the going gets difficult may be the best option.

to desert a sinking ship - Examples:

1)  ... probably going to be pretty worried, and people are going to start deserting the sinking ship pretty quickly now. 

2)  Bob Brown is like a rat deserting a sinking ship. It is all down hill from here. Where is his integrity and ...

3)  ... is to stay and sort thing out, not like rats deserting a sinking ship.

4)  ... broken down so, I'd imagine their customers will flee like rats deserting a sinking ship.

5)  I was always against deserting a sinking ship but am coming to the conclusion that to survive it is best for you ...

6)  A depression or long term recession will send many aliens deserting this sinking ship like rats. 

7)  It will be like rats deserting a sinking ship. The politicians will always follow popular opinion.

8)  Add me to the long list of customers deserting this sinking ship

9)  Where to go is another story. Rats deserting a sinking ship aren't cowards. They're smart. I admire your optimism. 

10)   Just by allowing statements like "Mutiny is afoot! I'm deserting the sinking ship that is Apple." -- does not bode well for this site whose ...

11)  People who had done business successfully for many years soon started to desert the sinking ship, and in a short time all the company had left were what are ...

12)  ... that those at the top will survive, almost intact. They will desert the sinking ship on their helicopters and retire with huge pensions and millions in offshore holdings.

13)  Harry will bankrupt you and all your players will desert the sinking ship for bigger clubs, you clown.

14)  ... falling in around here. But we decided it would be wrong to desert a sinking ship.

15)  ... redundancy at these levels will just see the better people cash in and desert the sinking ship.

16)  ...BN loses this election, it's finished for rats will scramble to desert a sinking ship. That's why this election is a life and death matter for BN.

17)  ... was that the parasites became rats and one by one deserted the sinking ship.

18)  before things started getting worse. Did they use their inside information and deserted the sinking ship and sub-contractors to face the downfall, ...

19)  There is a famous saying that a true captain never deserts his sinking ship. Metaphorically it sounds valiant. 

20)  ... purchase as well, he is just lining his own pockets before he deserts the sinking ship he has been running for years, He only is walking away this late ...