high and dry

adjective
|Updated on: 3 Jun 2018

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

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

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First Known Use of high and dry

1727

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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