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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.
Translations of “sink or swim”
in Chinese (Traditional) 自己去闖,成敗全憑自己…
in Chinese (Simplified) 自己去闯,成败全凭自己…
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