The sailors said, "sauve qui peut" when the ship started sinking in the storm.
- An example of the use of "sauve qui peut" is running away from attackers such as in the sentences, "The attackers are coming. Sauve qui peut!" which means "The attackers are coming. If you can save yourself, do it!"
- An example of the use of "sauve qui peut" is a rush to escape a sinking boat such as in the sentences, "The boat is sinking. Sauve qui peut," which means "The boat is sinking. Every man for himself."
Sauve qui peut is defined as French for a rush to escape. The phrase is French and literally means "save himself who can" and has come to mean "every man for himself."
a frantic rush to escape
also written sauve qui peut
Origin of sauve-qui-peutFrench from interjectional phrase sauve qui peut, (let him) save (himself) who can