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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Gopher tortoises tend to prefer high and dry habitats, the same places typically used for residential land development. Leah Asmelash And Melissa Gray, CNN, "Florida police detained a tortoise for blocking the road. He got away with a warning and a selfie," 23 June 2019 Across the street, 5-year-old Naomi Sanchez sat high and dry in a covered wagon. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Undaunted by downpours, Lindale Park holds July 4 parade," 4 July 2018 Below, shop 11 heeled boots that will keep you high and dry all winter. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Consider: A Heeled Snow Boot to Stay High and Dry All Winter," 14 Jan. 2019 Celebrities weren’t left entirely high and dry: the wine and Champagne kept flowing, and there were snacks and cocktails available in the bar area. Beth Harris And Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Off-camera at the Globes with Roberts, Ali, Theron," 7 Jan. 2019 The Indian pythons, unlike the Burmese pythons, prefer high and dry grounds, the report said. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 2018 However, the beer industry isn’t the only one left high and dry this season. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "A CO2 Shortage Is Threatening the Beer and Meat Supply in the U.K. During the World Cup," 21 June 2018 Drivers for services such as Uber, Lyft and taxi drivers are left high and dry by 18 percent of millennials, even when presented with preset tipping options on the ride-hailing apps. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Millennials are the worst when it comes to tipping," 18 June 2018 Media: AutomotoTV The storm left Kaminski and wife April’s home in the Richmond/Rosenberg area high and dry, but their neighborhood was flooded in. Lindsay Peyton, Houston Chronicle, "A Rosenberg man and his off-road rock crawler rescue flooded families," 18 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'high and dry.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of high and dry

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about high and dry

Statistics for high and dry

Last Updated

1 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for high and dry

The first known use of high and dry was in 1727

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on high and dry

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with high and dry

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for high and dry

Britannica English: Translation of high and dry for Arabic Speakers

Comments on high and dry

What made you want to look up high and dry? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!