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Abandon ship vs Give up the ship

Abandon ship

1. leave the sinking ship.

  • The officers and crew prepared to abandon ship in an orderly fashion.

2. (also: jump ship) to leave an organization very suddenly before it is too late, especially when you think it is going to fail.

  • The CEO abandoned ship just before the auditors were called in.

Give up the ship
quit trying and surrender; admit defeat.

  • When John failed a test, his father told him not to give up the ship.