sink or swim

sink or swim
   Of you are left to sink or swim, no one gives you any help and it's up to you whether you fail or succeed.
  (Dorking School Dictionary)
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   If someone has to sink or swim, they have to do something alone, and their success or failure depends entirely on their own efforts.
   

The sink-or-swim attitude in the company can be very difficult for young recruits.


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  • sink or swim — {v. phr.} To succeed or fail by your own efforts, without help or interference from anyone else; fail if you don t work hard to succeed. * /When Joe was fourteen, his parents died, and he was left by himself to sink or swim./ * /Tom s new job was …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Sink or Swim — Éditeur Zeppelin Games, Codemasters Développeur Zeppelin Games, Codemasters Date de sortie 1993 Genre Action, réflexion Mode de jeu …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • sink\ or\ swim — v. phr. To succeed or fail by your own efforts, without help or interference from anyone else; fail if you don t work hard to succeed. When Joe was fourteen, his parents died, and he was left by himself to sink or swim. Tom s new job was… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • sink or swim — fail or succeed by your own efforts He will have to sink or swim when he begins his new job …   Idioms and examples

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