Idiom:  hang someone out to dry

Meaning

Idiom:  hang someone out to dry

  • to abandon someone who needs help
  • to leave somebody in a dangerous or vulnerable situation

Example sentences

  • I can’t believe you’re hanging me out to dry when you promised to drive me to work!
  • When my husband left me I was lucky my parents didn't hang me out to dry, even though they warned me not to marry him.
  • I really wish I could go with you to the beach but I can't hang my sister out to dry when I told her I'd go with her to shop for wedding gowns.
  • We were hung out to dry when our friend got angry and left us at the party without a ride home.
  • Dad, you promised you would take us to the concert so you can't leave us hanging out to dry like thisWe already bought the tickets!
  • Our babysitter hung us out to dry Friday night so we're not going to use her again.
  • If you ever hang me out to dry again, this relationship will be over.
  • Everyone agreed to support my proposal at work but when the director didn't seem enthusiastic, they were all silent and left me hanging out to dry.

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