Don’t give up the ship!
Don’t give up the ship! Fig. Do not give up yet!; Do not yield the entire enterprise!(Fixed order. Alludes to the words on a flag made by Captain Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of
- E.g. Bill: I’m having a devil of a time with calculus. I think I want to drop the course. Sally: Keep trying. Don’t give up the ship!
- E.g. Bill: Every time we get enough money saved up to make a down payment on a house, the price of houses skyrockets. I’m about ready to stop trying. Sue: We’ll manage. Don’t give up the ship!