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English definition of “sink or swim”

sink or swim

If you are left to sink or swim , you are given no help so that you succeed or fail completely by your own efforts : My employer gave me no help when I started my new job - I was just left to sink or swim .Coping and not copingDealing with things or peopleTolerating and enduring
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