Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

leave high and dry

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
  • Analysis

    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. 

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    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.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    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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