To Be High and Dry (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

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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