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Meaning of “sink or swim” in the English Dictionary

"sink or swim" in British English

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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 ​failcompletely by ​your own ​efforts: My ​employer gave me no ​help when I ​started my new ​job - I was just left to sink or ​swim.
(Definition of sink or swim from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sink or swim" in American English

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sink or swim

a ​situation in which you will ​fail if you do not make a lot of ​effort: When we ​started the ​business, it was sink or ​swim.
(Definition of sink or swim from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sink or swim”
in Chinese (Simplified) 自己去闯,成败全凭自己…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自己去闖,成敗全憑自己…
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