cast adrift

phrasal verb

cast adrift; casting adrift; casts adrift
: 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
: 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.

Examples of cast adrift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since being cast adrift, the Beavers and Cougars have played their cards exactly right. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 24 Jan. 2024 The Aztecs would be cast adrift with Oregon State, Washington State and any other Pac-12 remnants. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 June 2023

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“Cast adrift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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