high and dry


: being out of reach of the current or tide or out of the water
: being in a helpless or abandoned position

Examples of high and dry in a Sentence

the inadequate supplies of vaccine left many people high and dry when the flu season arrived
Recent Examples on the Web Abruzzo described a back-and-forth that’s not unlike a David and Goliath story, if Goliath was simply trying to run out the clock and leave David high and dry. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2024 To keep up, in what amounts to a race to the bottom of the diminishing reserves, richer farmers have been buying more powerful solar pumps, leaving the others high and dry or forcing them to buy water from their rich neighbors. Fred Pearce, WIRED, 9 Mar. 2024 But guests in balconies aren’t left totally high and dry. USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2024 The once bustling area is now surrounded by parched soil, with many boathouses high and dry. Fabiano Maisonnave, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Oct. 2023 Their homes will be left high and dry when the reservoir is drained. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 5 Oct. 2023 Things were going fine until Genesis, a DCG subsidiary that provided financing to Gemini Earn, filed for bankruptcy, leaving customers high and dry. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 14 Sep. 2023 Today, the Argus is still high and dry, with no launch date in sight. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 17 July 2023 To add insult to injury, the region has been left high and dry with no monsoon activity, which can help offset the blazing temperatures. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high and dry was in 1727

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“High and dry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20and%20dry. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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