high and dry

[high and dry] {adv.} or {adj. phr.} 1. Up above the water; beyondthe reach of splashing or waves.

Mary was afraid she had left hertowel where the tide would reach it, but she found it high and dry.

When the tide went out the boat was high and dry.

2. Without anyoneto help; alone and with no help.

When the time came to put up thedecorations, Mary was left high and dry.

At first the other boyshelped, but when the work got hard. Bob found himself high and dry.

Compare: LEAVE IN THE LURCH, OUT IN THE COLD.