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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But, he pointed out, when the recent sit-in was staged in the name of a sensitive religious issue, the government was left in the lurch.
But when training firm Access2 Careers went bust in January, he was left in the lurch and told he had no option but to keep up the payments.