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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.
3. To leave someone to float on a body of water without control or anchorage. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "cast" and "adrift." That awful storm cast us adrift in the Atlantic for 17 days before a rescue party found us.
4. To let someone go or cause them to be freed or lost; to no longer support someone. Likened to a ship that is left to drift without an anchor or moorings to a dock. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "cast" and "adrift." I think it's about time that we cast the extremists of the party adrift. Her parents cut her adrift after they found drugs in her room.
See also: adrift, cast

cast (or cut) someone adrift

1 leave someone in a boat or other craft which has nothing to secure or guide it. 2 abandon or isolate someone.
2 1998 Oldie The various dissenting movements…should be cut adrift and left to their own devices.
See also: adrift, cast, someone
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With that in mind it would be easy to cast him adrift and listen to the inevitable offers that will come in for his services.
Alcohol is Jimmy's solace from his transgressions, which have cast him adrift from his son Mike (Joel Kinnaman), who works as a limousine driver.
Alcohol is Jimmy's solace from his manifold transgressions, which have cast him adrift from his son Mike (Joel Kinnaman), who works as a limousine driver and has an expectant wife Gabriela (Genesis Rodriguez) and two daughters.
In the pivotal scene that will cast him adrift, having promised his wife he would buy dessert for an elegant dinner party, the narrator instead goes on a shopping spree, visiting butchers from former colonies to buy offal and exotic viscera with which he prepares a macabre banquet worthy of Titus Andronicus.
Now 19, he's determined to use his side's cup run as the perfect platform to prove Arsenal were wrong to cast him adrift.
I worry she'll get bored of my boy and cast him adrift like all the others.
This trip ends in infamy when Hudson's crew mutiny and cast him adrift on a small boat in what is now Hudson Bay.
Ross was also on the radar of Kilmarnock and Aberdeen as it became clear that Falkirk were getting set to cast him adrift.
They overpowered the captain, William Bligh, and cast him adrift in the ship's lifeboat
Finally Duncan Fletcher let go and cast him adrift - for everyone's sake.
Anderson has since enjoyed and, more recently,endured a roller coaster 12 months which cast him adrift in the second half of the winter onto the fringes of a highly successful England side.
Owen's Champions League blow improves Litmanen chances of facing the club that cast him adrift after the departure of his former Ajax coach Luis van Gaal from the Nou Camp.
The boat contains the enemies who usurped Prospero's dukedom of Milan twelve years previously and cast him adrift on a bark with Miranda.
Sailors overpowered the captain, William Bligh, and cast him adrift in the ship's lifeboat.
But last night the veteran defender showed the Gunners boss that he may have cast him adrift too soon as he handed Manchester United the slight advantage in what is looking like the closest championship race for years.