leave in the lurch

leave in the lurch
leave (someone) in the lurch to cause someone to be in a situation in which they do not have what they need.

Her ex-husband didn't want to deal with the kids, so she was left in the lurch.

Factories here that rely on parts from overseas were suddenly left in the lurch when imports were suspended.


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  • leave in the lurch — index abandon (physically leave) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • leave in the lurch — leave (someone) in the lurch see ↑lurch, 3 • • • Main Entry: ↑leave leave (someone) in the lurch : to leave someone without help or protection when it is needed His advisers left him in the lurch when he needed them the most. • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • leave in the lurch — desert or leave alone and in trouble, refuse to help or support someone He left me in the lurch when he didn t come over to help me although he had promised to earlier in the day. (from Idioms in Speech) (smb) to leave (a person) in difficulties …   Idioms and examples

  • leave in the lurch — {v. phr.} To desert or leave alone in trouble; refuse to help or support. * /The town bully caught Eddie, and Tom left him in the lurch./ * /Bill quit his job, leaving his boss in the lurch./ Compare: LEAVE FLAT, HIGH AND DRY(2), WALK OUT(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • leave in the lurch — {v. phr.} To desert or leave alone in trouble; refuse to help or support. * /The town bully caught Eddie, and Tom left him in the lurch./ * /Bill quit his job, leaving his boss in the lurch./ Compare: LEAVE FLAT, HIGH AND DRY(2), WALK OUT(2) …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • leave\ in\ the\ lurch — v. phr. To desert or leave alone in trouble; refuse to help or support. The town bully caught Eddie, and Tom left him in the lurch. Bill quit his job, leaving his boss in the lurch. Compare: leave flat, high and dry(2), walk out(2) …   Словарь американских идиом

  • Leave in the lurch — abandon in a time of need …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • leave in the lurch — Australian Slang abandon in a time of need …   English dialects glossary

  • leave in the lurch — idi to desert when help is needed most …   From formal English to slang

  • leave in the lurch —  Abandon when help is needed …   A concise dictionary of English slang

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