leave high and dry

Meaning(s)

1. leave somebody in a difficult situation without help or resources

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leave somebody high and dry

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To 'leave someone high and dry' is similar to saying you left someone stranded or without help or put someone in a very difficult or inconvenient situation. If you are left 'high and dry' you are in a very difficult situation without the resources you need to get out of it. It is a phrase most commonly used in relation to personal conflicts and can expresses a strong sense of betrayal, particularly if you relied on somebody for something and they did not deliver. 

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  1. You really left me high and dry last night when you drove home from the party without telling me. I was relying on you for a lift! 
  2. The change to coverage on our insurance policy left us high and dry when our house was robbed.

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  1. The company decided to cut costs by moving their factory overseas, leaving the workers here high and dry.
  2. I knew we were short-staffed that night so I came into work even though I wasn't well. I really didn't want to leave my boss high and dry.

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