Instead they often sink in silence, bodies and all, to the bottom of the sea.
Sandbags were attached to the corpses to make them sink but the disposal was botched.
One crucial bloc of votes is the Black Caucus, which has 43 members, enough to sink the resolution or put it over the top.
Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it—rapidly and probably with much loss of life.
Back then, the lower class, rather than sink meekly into its immiseration, periodically erupted in violent strikes and riots.
The East has been known for ages as a "sink of the precious metals."
There were but two things to be considered, sink or surrender.
Deadly pale, as if ready to sink, he tottered towards the door.
"We can sink the ship, or wait and let them sink it," the cadet said.
How would it do to fill the tanks to sink us as far as we can go?
Old English sincan (intransitive) "become submerged, go under, subside" (past tense sanc, past participle suncen), from Proto-Germanic *senkwanan (cf. Old Saxon sinkan, Old Norse sökkva, Middle Dutch sinken, Dutch zinken, Old High German sinkan, German sinken, Gothic sigqan), from PIE root *sengw- "to sink."
The transitive use (mid-13c.) supplanted Middle English sench (cf. drink/drench) which died out 14c. Related: Sank; sunk; sinking. Sinking fund is from 1724. Adjective phrase sink or swim is from 1660s. To sink without a trace is World War I military jargon, translating German spurlos versenkt.
early 15c., "cesspool, pit for reception of wastewater or sewage," from sink (v.). Figurative sense of "place where corruption and vice abound" is from 1520s. Meaning "drain for carrying water to a sink" is from late 15c. Sense of "shallow basin (especially in a kitchen) with a drainpipe for carrying off dirty water" first recorded 1560s. In science and technical use, "place where heat or other energy is removed from a system" (opposite of source), from 1855.
To destroy; ruin; torpedo: I'm afraid we're sunk this time (1613+)