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adrift

[uh-drift] /əˈdrɪft/
adjective, adverb
1.
floating without control; drifting; not anchored or moored:
The survivors were adrift in the rowboat for three days.
2.
lacking aim, direction, or stability.
Origin of adrift
1615-1625
First recorded in 1615-25; a-1 + drift
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  • But we were afraid to lose sight of the bridge, lest we should get all adrift.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • "I think if I were up there I'd cut us adrift," said Stanley grimly.

  • Then she introduced her daughter to Drake and sent them adrift through the rooms.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • We'd be adrift and out of sight of land if Mary-'Gusta went away.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Have a civil tongue, then, and don't provoke me to turn you adrift on the world.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for adrift

adrift

/əˈdrɪft/
adjective, adverb (postpositive)
1.
floating without steering or mooring; drifting
2.
without purpose; aimless
3.
(informal) off course or amiss: the project went adrift
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Word Origin and History for adrift
adv.

1620s, from a- (1) "on" + drift. Figurative use by 1680s.

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