cut adrift


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cut adrift

To abandon or set free. Likened to a boat having its mooring cut so that it drifts freely in the water. I think it's about time that we cut adrift the extremists of the party.
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cut adrift

Separated or detached; freed. For example, The dissenters were cut adrift from the denomination. This expression alludes to cutting the rope of a floating vessel so that it drifts without direction or purpose. The figurative use of adrift dates from the late 1600s.
See also: adrift, cut
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Burnley had a win last week, there is no one cut adrift yet, it is too early, and if anyone could get back-to-back wins like Newcastle have done, it could all turn quickly.
The cruise ship Lyubov Orlova has been floating around the North Atlantic since 2012, when it was cut adrift from Canada and left to rot.
With Hearts cut adrift at the foot of the SPFL, Thistle are slugging it out with Ross County, St Mirren and Kilmarnock to avoid a play-off slot.
BOTH Krka and Triglav Kranj are in danger of getting cut adrift in the Slovenian PrvaLiga and the need for both sides to remain in touching distance of safety could lead to an exciting clash today, writes Henry Hardwicke.
As fears grow the final death toll could hit over 7,000, aid charities continue to try and help people cut adrift by the power of the superstorm.
But the team most obviously affected by this amazing result are FA Cup finalists Wigan, who have now been cut adrift.
Redknapp replaced Mark Hughes at Loftus Road in November with the club already cut adrift with just four points from their opening 12 games.
And, like Borat and Bruno, Cohen is at the centre of the madness as Admiral General Aladeen, the tyrannical ruler of the African state of Wadiya, now betrayed and cut adrift in the middle of New York City.
But I've said to some of the lads that, though we've had a poor run, we're not cut adrift at all.
And Pulis believes a host of sides have good cause for concern given none of the teams in the bottom three look like being cut adrift.
DARREN Bent is determined to lift Tottenham off the foot of the Barclays Premier League and fears getting cut adrift if they do not kickstart their season immediately.
Head coach Brian Ashton has started the process of cutting names from World Cup contention, with Olly Morgan, Fraser Waters, Shane Geraghty, Louis Deacon, Andy Hazell and Magnus Lund the first batch to be cut adrift.
In each, he argues, the echo or mask is broken or cut adrift so that, for example, Holmes' forensic skill on an English moorside foreshadows the evil of the Final Solution so beloved by Heidegger a half century later.
Asbestos House covers the frantic financial engineering in 2001 during which Hardie cut adrift its liabilities to sufferers of asbestos-related disease, as well as the public and political disgust that followed, and the extraordinary deal that resulted.