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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…
(Definition of sink or swim from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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