hang out to dry
phrasal to subject to ruin by abandonment

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • hang out to dry — If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • hang out to dry —    American    to be exposed publicly to protect others    Left on the washing line:     Mitchell and Dean gave him assurances that he wouldn t be left to hang out to dry. (Colodny and Gettlin, 1991)    Whence a hang out, such a stratagem:     Is …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • hang out to dry — hang (someone) out to dry to not support or help someone. After losing the election, the party is going to hang him out to dry. Etymology: based on the practice of hanging an animal that has been killed in a tree so its meat can dry …   New idioms dictionary

  • hang out to dry — phrasal : to leave stranded in a hopeless or dangerous situation * * * hang (someone or something) out to dry see hang out at ↑hang, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑dry …   Useful english dictionary

  • hang out to dry —    If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Hang out to dry —   If you hang someone out to dry, you abandon them when they are in trouble …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • hang out to dry — verb a) To attach washing to a clothesline to dry. Without supplemental health insurance, we would have been hung out to dry. b) To abandon someone who is in need or in danger, especially a colleague or one dependent …   Wiktionary

  • hang someone out to dry — hang (someone) out to dry to not support or help someone. After losing the election, the party is going to hang him out to dry. Etymology: based on the practice of hanging an animal that has been killed in a tree so its meat can dry …   New idioms dictionary

  • hang someone or something out to dry — hang (someone or something) out to dry see hang out at ↑hang, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑dry …   Useful english dictionary

  • hang you out to dry — defeat you, convict you, throw the book at    If you re caught shoplifting, they ll hang you out to dry …   English idioms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”