high and dry

adjective

Definition of high and dry

  1. 1 :  being out of reach of the current or tide or out of the water

  2. 2 :  being in a helpless or abandoned position

Examples of high and dry in a Sentence

  1. the inadequate supplies of vaccine left many people high and dry when the flu season arrived

1727

First Known Use of high and dry

1727



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