in the lurch


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in the lurch

In a particularly awkward, difficult, or troublesome situation. I'll really be left in the lurch if the manager decides to quit before this project is finished. Janet was left in the lurch organizing her kid's birthday party when her husband decided to go on a weekend getaway with his friends.
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in the lurch

In a difficult or embarrassing position.
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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.
HAFIZABAD -- Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has pledged that the government will not leave the flood affectees in the lurch.
Narang, Jung, Pemba Tamang, Jitu Rai and Raj Chaudhary were seemingly left in the lurch at the Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport at the end of their campaign in the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA.
London, Feb 12( ANI ): Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp has said he will not leave the club in the lurch to become England manager.
He also urged Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to give Rs 10 billion grant to Punjab to rehabilitate the flood victims in the province adding that if the federal government didn't ensure availability of grant, Punjab government will abolish its 'Sasti-roti Scheme' but will not leave its public in the lurch of floodwaters.
10 THREE TIMES (HOU HSIAO-HSIEN) With Hou's focus on filmic duration, mise-en-scene becomes everything, leaving narrative in the lurch.