leave someone high and dry 讓人處於手足無措、忐忑不安的狀態
A disappointment – A letter of complaint from a dissatisfied customer.
Dear Mr. Blake:
I am writing to complain in the strongest possible terms about the non-arrival of the two sofa beds which I ordered from your firm. Your extensive advertising material stated quite clearly that all orders received by the middle of Novemeber would be processed before Christmas. I had several guests over the Christmas period and the non-arrival of the sofa beds left me high and dry with nowhere for the guests to sleep.
片語: leave someone high and dry 讓人處於手足無措、忐忑不安的狀態
定義：to leave someone in a very difficult position which makes them more or less helpless. 讓某人處於不安、無助的狀態；最初是運用在船隻擱淺或是拋錨的時刻。
1. Dad was meant to pick me up at the station, but he forgot and I was left high and dry. The last bus had gone and I had no money for a taxi.
2. Jenny had a summer job as a waitress, but she simply walked out one day, leaving her employers high and dry at their busiest time of year without any hope of finding a replacement at short notice.