leave (one) to twist in the wind

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leave (one) to twist in the wind

To put someone in a very difficult, troublesome, or problematic situation as a result of one's actions. You really left us twisting in the wind when you decided to take your vacation right before the project's deadline! The government's sudden decision not to continue funding the program has left many residents twisting in the wind.
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