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jump ship

Definition of jump ship in English:

(Of a sailor) leave the ship on which one is serving without having obtained permission to do so: he jumped ship in Cape Town
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  • When the Dutch Fleet visited Australia in 1910 a large number of sailors jumped ship and at least twelve of them later settled in Adelaide.
  • She's been feeling a bit low lately after a messy break-up, and I get the impression that things have been a bit stressful for her at work, with layoffs and people jumping ship.
  • Escaping poverty, they simply jumped ship after docking in New York or San Francisco.
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