that ship has sailed

that ship has sailed


A rude interjection meant to interrupt and dismiss what another person is saying. (Sometimes written or spoken in longer forms, such as, “talk to the hand, because the face isn’t listening,” or the like.)


Dad: “Sarah, would you mind cleaning up the—” Sarah: “Talk to the hand, Dad! I’ve got too much going on to be dealing with chores around the house!”

All of us were aghast when Jonathan turned to the police officer and said, “Talk to the hand, ’cause the face ain’t interested!”



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What does the idiom ‘that ship has sailed’ mean?

The idiom ‘that ship has sailed’ means “to deal with a difficult situation without being harmed or damaged”

How do you use ‘that ship has sailed’ in a sentence?

Example usage of idiom ‘that ship has sailed’: Newspapers have weathered the storm of online information by providing news online themselves.

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