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hang someone out to dry

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hang someone out to dry

verb phrase

  1. To punish someone severely, esp as a scapegoat: The company silently took the fall; Storms was hung out to dry/ J R Rider says he was ''hung out to dry'' by Nevada–Las Vegas officials
  2. To defeat utterly; clobber: hang Sox out to dry
  3. To catch a base-runner in a rundown; pick off a base runner: I was hacking because I didn't want to leave Listach out to dry (1980s+ Baseball) (1980s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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