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desert (someone or something) to (someone or something)

To leave or abandon someone or something to someone or something else. We can't desert Timmy to his grandmother—you know that vile woman can't be trusted! In order to pay the mortgage on my manse, I had to desert several of my jewels to auction.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

desert someone or something to someone or something

to abandon someone or something to someone or something; to let someone or something have someone or something. Who deserted this child to her horrible fate? Sam deserted his land to the horde of grubby prospectors.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"In the first place," said the General, "we cannot march across the deadly desert to the Land of Oz.
"One of my spies, who is a Blackbird, flew over the desert to the Land of Oz, and saw the Magic Belt in Ozma's palace," replied the King with a groan.
I'll make a secret tunnel under the desert to the Land of Oz--yes!
Indeed, Ozma and Dorothy had both almost forgotten that such a person as the Nome King yet lived under the mountains of the Land of Ev--which lay just across the deadly desert to the south of the Land of Oz.
"What I'd like," said Dorothy, "is to find some way to cross the desert to the Land of Oz and its Emerald City.
It was quite evident that he was coming down into the desert to hunt.
Seed broadcast is an excellent conservation technique to restore desert to its original form.
Elion Resources Group (ELION) was founded in 1988; the long-term commitment from the desert to the city's ecological environment restoration, the core business is the restoration of ecological environment, clean energy, and financial industries.
The company is looking to pump as much as 16.3B gallons of groundwater a year and pipe it across the desert to sell to cities in Southern California, the paper adds.
Many others who will be staying in the Kingdom are most likely to head to the desert to camp for a few days.
Sonoran (North America) Desert is the only desert to have the maximum number of animal and plant species.
The Western Australia Mallee shrub lies to the west, the Little Sandy Desert to the northwest, the Gibson Desert and the Central Ranges xeric shrub lands to the north, the Tirari and Sturt Stony deserts to the east, and the Nullarbor Plain to the south separating it from the Southern Ocean.
In which direction would you travel if you were to journey from the Taklamakan Desert to the Garagum Desert?--
In "Desert to Dream: A Decade of Burning man Photography", Barbara Traub has compiled a collection that represents and presents a photographic record of a decade of Burning Man celebrations at the Black Rock Arts Festival held annual in the dry alkali flats of northwest Nevada's Black Rock Desert which runs for about a week and culminates over the Labor Day weekend.
Try an overnight safari in the desert to see isolated villages, camel farms and the Hajar mountains in the distance.
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