These three micro-dictations all contain the expression ‘to jump ship’. Complete each exercise, and then try to guess the meaning/usage of the expression from the context.
…I wouldn’t be surprised to see…
I wouldn’t be surprised is a good alternative way of saying that you think something is a likely or probable outcome. e.g. I wouldn’t be surprised to see our costs go down even further over the rest of the year.
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Accent: North America
…as they climb the career ladder…
The career ladder is the sequence of jobs or positions from the lowest paid/least responsibility to the highest paid/highest responsibility.
We use the metaphor of climbing this ladder when talking about making progress in your career, and the idea of getting your foot on the career ladder when talking about starting your career. e.g. Getting a paid internship with a large HR firm really helped me to get my foot on the career ladder.
to jump ship: meaning and explanation
To jump ship = to leave an organisation, usually in order to get a better position elsewhere. This expression is informal and has slightly negative connotations as it communicates the idea of abandoning your responsibilities. e.g. Companies are having to resort to expensive loyalty schemes to reduce the number of people jumping ship.