1. leave somebody in a difficult situation without help or resources
leave somebody high and dry
To 'leave someone high and dry' is similar to saying you left someone stranded or without help or put someone in a very difficult or inconvenient situation. If you are left 'high and dry' you are in a very difficult situation without the resources you need to get out of it. It is a phrase most commonly used in relation to personal conflicts and can expresses a strong sense of betrayal, particularly if you relied on somebody for something and they did not deliver.