Joe Mathews says gay Californians should jump ship for pinker pastures—and the red states he chooses might surprise you.
But giving both a stake in the same system will make it less likely either would feel it beneficial to jump ship and go it alone.
Some jump ship pretty quickly, others keep hanging on, some are more overtly political and involved than others.
To be sure, they're not going to jump ship and vote for Obama.
For him to jump ship, and not sail, would make him a marked man for sure.
The very fact that the force turned back might make our man suspicious, and he might jump ship.
Did you know that half of Dalon's guards seem to be ready to jump ship?
Old English scip "ship, boat," from Proto-Germanic *skipam (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Gothic skip, Danish skib, Swedish skepp, Middle Dutch scip, Dutch schip, Old High German skif, German Schiff), "Germanic noun of obscure origin" [Watkins]. Others suggest perhaps originally "tree cut out or hollowed out," and derive it from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split."
Now a vessel of considerable size, adapted to navigation; the Old English word was used for small craft as well, and definitions changed over time; in 19c., distinct from a boat in having a bowsprit and three masts, each with a lower, top, and topgallant mast. French esquif, Italian schifo are Germanic loan-words.
Phrase ships that pass in the night is from Longfellow's poem "Elizabeth" in "Tales of a Wayside Inn" (1863). Figurative use of nautical runs a tight ship (i.e., one that does not leak) is attested from 1965.
c.1300, "to send or transport (merchandise, people) by ship; to board a ship; to travel by ship, sail, set sail," also figurative, from ship (n.). Old English scipian is attested only in the senses "take ship, embark; be furnished with a ship." Transferred to other means of conveyance (railroad, etc.) from 1857, originally American English. Related: Shipped; shipping.