Definition of cast adrift
1 : to cause (a boat) to float on the water without being tied to anything or controlled by anyone —often used as (be) cast adrift <a small lifeboat was cast adrift in the open sea>
2 : to cause (someone) to float on the water in a boat that is not tied to anything or controlled by anyone —often used as (be) cast adrift <They were cast adrift in a small, leaky boat.> —often used figuratively <I was cast adrift in a sea of confusion.>
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