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high and dry

1. Literally, dry and unaffected by water, typically flood waters. We get some pretty bad storms around here, but the levee has always left us high and dry, thank goodness.
2. In a situation in which one has little chance of escaping or improving. You really left me high and dry when you forgot to pick me up last night. I had no way of calling or getting home! The departure of several key employees has left the business high and dry.
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high and dry

Fig. safe; unbothered by difficulties; unscathed. (As if someone or something were safe from a flood. See also leave someone high and dry.) While the riot was going on down on the streets, I was high and dry in my apartment. Liz came out of the argument high and dry.
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high and dry

Stranded, as in They walked out on the party, leaving me high and dry. This expression originally alluded to a ship that had run aground or was in dry dock. Its figurative use dates from the late 1800s.
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high and dry

1 (especially of ships left stranded by the sea as the tide ebbs) out of the water. 2 in a difficult position, especially without resources.
2 1996 Frank McCourt Angela's Ashes I hear he left you high and dry, eh? I don't know how a man in his right mind can go off and leave a wife and family to starve and shiver in a Limerick winter.
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ˌhigh and ˈdry

in a difficult situation without help or money: When the travel company went bankrupt, many holidaymakers were left high and dry abroad or waiting at the airport.
This expression refers to boats left on the beach after the level of the sea has fallen.
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high and dry

mod. abandoned; unsupported. (Like a ship beached or stranded ashore.) Here I sit high and dry—no food, no money, no nothing.
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high and dry

1. In a position of helplessness; stranded: went off and left me high and dry.
2. Nautical Out of water. Used of a ship, for example.
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