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sink or swim

Definition of sink or swim in English:

Fail or succeed entirely by one’s own efforts.
Example sentences
  • The members of this generation will sink or swim by their own efforts.
  • The state is optimistic that if people are faced with sink or swim, they will swim.
  • It was sink or swim when we bought Lacken House and Breda qualified as a Sommelier a few years after.
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