Definition of high and dry in English:

high and dry

phrase

  • 1Out of the water, especially stranded by the sea as it retreats.

    ‘when the tide goes out, a lot of boats are left high and dry’
    • ‘By carbon-dating sediments deposited in the lake's spillways or in marshes left high and dry by sudden drops in water, scientists can now chronicle the lake's changing profile.’
    • ‘The ark was a refuge until the waters went down, leaving Noah and his menagerie high and dry on Mount Ararat.’
    • ‘Beadlet anemones are found in such shallow water that they are left high and dry at low tide.’
    • ‘Environment Agency Fisheries Officers swung into action earlier this week to rescue thousands of fish left high and dry after recent river levels plunged after flooding.’
    1. 1.1 Without resources or help.
      ‘your family would be left high and dry by the death of the breadwinner’
      • ‘So far, trading standards officers in Oldham are trying to help 150 customers who feel they have been left high and dry by the company.’
      • ‘Holidaymakers have been left high and dry at Heathrow Airport as staff walked out in a dispute over clocking on and off.’
      • ‘And some fear they could be left high and dry if plans to move accident and emergency services from Burnley to Blackburn are also approved.’
      • ‘The 130 people, many sick or elderly, were left high and dry in the French pilgrimage town after their tour operator, Bon Voyage, couldn't provide a plane on Sunday.’
      • ‘Hundreds of south Essex pupils were today left high and dry again after two popular school bus routes were axed.’
      • ‘The scale of the crisis will become more evident on Tuesday when the watchdogs deliver their latest report, confirming that 60% of homeowners look set to be left high and dry.’
      • ‘It's a dangerous strategy to sell a hotel mainly on its fashionability: fashions change, and when they do, you're apt to be left high and dry.’
      • ‘More recently, policyholders were left high and dry when Blue Swan Insurance went into liquidation.’
      • ‘This suggests yet another consequence of the cuts, which is that the women who are employed in the childcare sector will also be left high and dry now that their source of revenue has been seriously attenuated.’
      • ‘In the end, it is the taxpayer who will have to foot the bill if small fishing communities are left high and dry.’
      destitute, bereft, helpless, without help, without assistance, without resources, in the lurch, in difficulties, forsaken, abandoned, stranded, marooned
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Pronunciation

high and dry

/ˌhʌɪ ən ˈdrʌɪ/