high and dry


Definition of high and dry

1 : being out of reach of the current or tide or out of the water
2 : 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 Photos taken Monday show the eldest of the agency's three intake valves high and dry above the water line. Stephanie Elam, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 Pictures of Endurance, taken by the expedition’s photographer, Frank Hurley, show the great ship iced into place, high and dry on the ocean’s wintry wastes. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Roman doesn't want to go in so aggressive against their father, but Shiv and Kendall convince him that Logan is going to leave them all high and dry — him especially because of the Gerri incident. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2021 These poop deposits could also benurturing important ecosystems that would be left high and dry if our gulls and pelicans were to disappear, according to this Science Friday episode. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2022 Meanwhile, launching boats at Powell, at 23% capacity, has become nearly impossible with most ramps high and dry. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 The fear is that if these applications are not processed within say a month or two, the confidence of foreign investors in the regional center program will be shaken to the point where the program will be left high and dry. Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Authorities in Prineville are confident that the work being done won’t leave Prineville high and dry. oregonlive, 13 Dec. 2021 This useful feature has been available on Android since 2017, but YouTube had left iPhone and iPad users high and dry for years. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of high and dry

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“High and dry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high%20and%20dry. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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