hang out to dry

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hang out to dry (third-person singular simple present hangs out to dry, present participle hanging out to dry, simple past and past participle hung out to dry)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see hang,‎ out,‎ dry.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To abandon someone who is in need or in danger, especially a colleague or one dependent.
    Synonym: leave someone hanging

Usage notes[edit]

  • Often carries an element of betrayal of someone who might have expected protection or assistance.


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