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Sink or swim


Succeed or fail according to one’s abilities. Instructions to either learn and achieve a goal or fail completely. Implies that the outcome is determined by one’s ability or perseverance.

  “Son, you can move into your own apartment but without our financial help. You must sink or swim on your own.”

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