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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In Moon Valley, Jolie Marshal regrets marrying charming SOB Chris who embezzled money from their company leaving friends and her mother potentially in the lurch. When she can pay back her "creditors", she will divorce Chris, who she married when vulnerable following the death of her father and rejection by her boyfriend Jake, who was not ready for a wife.
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In the lurch from the 1980s to the 1990s, I feel that pessimism is now prevailing a bit too much and should not be allowed to lead to yet another lurch into something else.
"We've been left in the lurch and he doesn't appear to give a damn." Curzon's father Lord Scarsdale said: "We've not spoken for 12 years.