cast adrift


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cast adrift

1. Literally, of a ship or sailors, to float on a body of water without control or anchorage. The team was cast adrift in the Atlantic for 17 days before a rescue party found them.
2. To be let go, freed, or lost. Likened to a ship that drifts without an anchor or moorings to a dock. When I arrived in the country, I found myself cast adrift in a city I didn't know, among people whose language I couldn't speak. With my inheritance money, I was cast adrift to pursue whatever life I fancied.
See also: adrift, cast
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At 18 they're expected to live "independently", but the kids we meet in this film seem utterly cast adrift, without any of the skills they need to get a job, study, pay bills or find any kind of purpose in life.
CHESTER CITY, who were cast adrift at the bottom of the Football League after the first six matches of the season, are now just five points away from a play-off place following a clinical victory at Rushden.
Having tried in vain to instil some element of control over the seven princesses, the king lost his patience and ordered his daughters to be cast adrift in an open boat which the currents of the Irish Sea carried to Ceredigion where it beached.
Cast adrift at the foot of the table, the season cannot finish quickly enough for last year's First Division champions although coach David Rees will ensure they won't give up.
Now, for the first time, I was alone in the alien surroundings, cast adrift, abandoned.
Charlie, played by ex-Spooks star Matthew Macfadyen, is cast adrift without guidance or treatment when a rehabilitation centre closes.
Wolves are in danger of being cast adrift at the bottom and Leeds are fighting to avoid the same thing.
New Zealander Plumtree was cast adrift from the mainstream when Swansea opted to play unofficial Anglo-Welsh matches this season rather than stick with the Welsh Rugby Union's official fixture list.
Shrewsbury Town old boy Ian Stevens returns to the Gay Meadow today, bidding to further cast adrift the league's basement club.
He gave outstanding service to his country and it was wrong that he was cast adrift in the way he was.
CRAIG McEWAN has pleaded with his Brechin team-mates to battle to avoid being cast adrift at the foot of the table.
St Andrews' boss (right) knows defeat would leave his club in danger of being cast adrift with Sunderland at the bottom.
The lifeboat then cast adrift the speedboat to be able to reach shore quicker for first aid.
But the defender - who is now at First Division basement club Arbroath - insists financial compensation will never repay him for the anger he felt when he was cast adrift from the SPL after a career spent at the highest level with Chelsea, Hibs and Aberdeen.
STEVE BRUCE was left to rue a missed chance as last night's cancelled Premiership clash with Bolton left Birmingham in danger of being cast adrift.