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 completely They left me to sink or swim on my own.In this job, it's sink or swim.

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“Sink or swim.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sink%20or%20swim. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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