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    "to buoy up the sinking ship"


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    In the metaphorical sense "to buoy the sinking ship" means to sustain something from collapse, Am I right?
    Last edited by Odessa Dawn; 12-Dec-2012 at 17:10. Reason: Correction: Deleting "up"

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    Re: "to buoy up the sinking ship"

    Yes, or keep from sinking, to not mix metaphors. I wouldn't use "up" with buoy.

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    Re: "to buoy up the sinking ship"

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Yes, or keep from sinking, to not mix metaphors. I wouldn't use "up" with buoy.
    "To buoy up" is a common enough phrasal verb in BrE.

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