Definition of home and dry in English:

home and dry

(Australian, North American, NZ home and hosed, home free)


  • Having successfully achieved or being within sight of achieving one's objective.

    ‘at 3–0 up they should have been home and dry’
    • ‘If we can get our kids to age 21 without smoking or using illegal drugs or abusing alcohol, they're almost certain to be home free.’
    • ‘Federal were far from home and hosed however as their batting line up lacked the regular faces, Graham and Michael Smith, Tom Clemens and Brendan Martin.’
    • ‘They may be home free after the first cancer, but they remain at high risk of developing a second lung cancer four years, six years, even 10 years later.’
    • ‘It appeared rather too little too late for the visitors as within less than ten minutes of the restart City looked home and dry.’
    • ‘However we still weren't home and dry as all we actually bought was 10,000 sq. metres of complete isolation and a ruin without water or electricity!’
    • ‘A seven-minute flurry of activity settled this contest, however, Kilmarnock finding themselves home and dry with two clinical finishes before the break.’
    • ‘But campaigners for the new skatepark are still not home and dry yet because the plans must now be passed by the current tenants of the land, Chippenham Town Council.’
    • ‘They think they can just go into a new relationship - or stay on their own - and they'll be home free.’
    • ‘When we get done up there, we'll be home free… free to do what we want to do as a couple.’
    • ‘I've got my healthy meals ordered for tomorrow, so I just have to get through tonight and tomorrow afternoon and I'll be home free.’