To Be High and Dry (Origin)

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What Is the Origin of the Saying "To Be High and Dry"?

To be left high and dry means to be vulnerable and without a means of defence. It is a nautical term which stems from a ship being left grounded on a low tide. With his ship in this condition, the captain was powerless to resolve his situation until the tide returned and re-floated his ship.

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