sink or swim

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Definition of sink or swim

used to refer to a situation in which someone either must succeed by his or her own efforts or fail completelyThey left me to sink or swim on my own.In this job, it's sink or swim.

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“Sink or swim.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sink%20or%20swim. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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