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.
See also: adrift, cut

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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West Brom may appear like they are starting to become cut adrift, but the relegation dogfight remains wide open - and that should be considered a positive for Newcastle.
Eddie Howe's men were cut adrift at the foot of the Football League in 2009 but only a virtually impossible swing in goal difference on the final day would deny the Dorset-born manager from clinching the third promotion of his managerial career with the Cherries.
They are cut adrift at the bottom of League Two and it would be catastrophic if they were relegated to the Conference.
Redknapp said: "There was a lot of pressure on the game today, when you are stuck at the bottom you know that if you don't win, even a draw, you come away and you are still cut adrift.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now it looks like a show cut adrift without a lifeline, struggling just to stay afloat.
Pure play - of form, color, texture, cut adrift from everything else - is what matters here, what opens up the art object's possibilities for meaning and otherwise.