be left in the lurch

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be left in the lurch

To be left or abandoned without assistance in a particularly awkward, difficult, or troublesome situation. (Sometimes written as "left in a lurch.") I'll really be left in the lurch if the manager decides to quit before this project is finished. Janet was left in a lurch organizing her kid's birthday party when her husband decided to go on a weekend getaway with his friends.
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The company reached out to resellers and end-users left in the lurch by the discontinuation of RAS and Router products by multiple vendors.
As the strike enters its 31st day today, United Food and Commercial Workers clerks from Vons, Albertson's and Ralphs have been left in the lurch while their bosses and union leaders meet behind closed doors.
Yet again the Fillongley outfit, who without fail fulfil their own away fixtures, were left in the lurch awaiting for their latest opposition - Oddies in Abbey Green - who failed to put in an appearance leaving the Manor side without a fixture but with a free passage into the last 16 of the League Cup.
We've been left in the lurch and he doesn't appear to give a damn.
A total of 150 staff at Edinburgh-based Blyth and Blyth have been left in the lurch after the group went into receivership in January.
Small businesses, reliant on state contracts for revenue and making their payrolls, have been left in the lurch, with no payments forthcoming from Sacramento.