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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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Dundee have lost all four of their games against Tommy Wright's St Johnstone side this season but it's this current run of eight straight defeats - for the first time in their history - that's cast them adrift at the bottom of the table.
Leicester have rightly earned plaudits for their displays this season, but this spell was a reminder of how their poor finishing in front of goal had cast them adrift at the bottom of the table in the first place.
Among the critical qualities for a modern president is the ability to instantly cut off old friends and cast them adrift if they become political baggage.
Among its actions to address, NAHT Cymru calls on the next Assembly Government to: [bar] invest in the skills of those who work in and lead our schools; [bar] take collective responsibility across the system, with schools collaborating closely to move each other forward; [bar] embed schools in local democracy, rather than cast them adrift; [bar] narrow the resource gap in funding and infrastructure with our neighbours, by both increasing the overall level of investment and by directing more resources to the frontline, and; develop a broad curriculum which gives children the values, attitudes and attributes they will need to thrive in a rapidly changing world - resilience, confidence, initiative, responsibility and creativity.
If our political leaders haven't the guts to cast them adrift, perhaps the voters next May will have to do the job for them.
The mutineers put Hudson, his son John and several others into an open boat and cast them adrift without food or water.
Five games without a win have cast them adrift from the rest, Huyton apart, but they did come close to upsetting promotion hopefuls Leigh.
The29-year--old defender admitted the 2-0 defeat to relegation rivals Dundee United last weekend, which cast them adrift at the foot of the table, had been a massive blow.
We should put them all in a cage and cast them adrift.
Northop Hall's defeat at Firwood Bootle has cast them adrift on 82 points, but Hightown, while still second from bottom, now have 120 points, with Lytham (122), Leigh (126), Fleetwood Hesketh (126) and Ormskirk (131) all looking vulnerable.
The 29-year-old transfer-window signing admitted the 2-0 defeat to relegation rivals Dundee United last weekend, which cast them adrift at the foot of the table, had been a massive blow to his new side's hopes of avoiding the drop.
In plain English, that means that we should cast them adrift and let them fend for themselves - Labour MP Tam Dalyell, Father of the House of Commons.