to hang someone out to dry




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - hang out to dry

"to hang someone out to dry"

to avoid blame, trouble, or criticism by allowing someone else to take responsibility

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - hang out to dry

"to hang someone out to dry"

to betray

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - hang out to dry

"to hang someone out to dry"

to callously dispose of

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - hang out to dry

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why are you packing up your belongings?

Colleague 2:  I got fired.

Colleague 1:  What happened?

Colleague 2:  There was some major trouble with a client and James hung me out to dry.

Colleague 1:  But you had nothing to do with the incident. How could James force you to take responsibility?

Colleague 2:  There was no way for me to defend myself. James told his story and management believed him and I am fired.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - hang out to dry

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I am so sad. My girlfriend left me.

Friend 2:  Did she find out that you had been cheating on her?

Friend 1:  Yes. Zak has always liked my girlfriend and has always wanted to date her so he saw his chance to get rid of me so he hung me out to dry. Zak told my girlfriend that he had seen me with another woman.

Friend 2:  Ouch.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - hang out to dry

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Where is Barbara this morning?

Colleague 2:  Her contract was terminated.

Colleague 1:  But I thought she was critical to this project?

Colleague 2:  She was critical to a particular phase of the project but when management didn't need her anymore, they just hung her out to dry.

Colleague 1:  I guess that is the world of high-powered business. Don't get too personal with people because they could be gone in a minute.





to hang someone out to dry - Usage:

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to hang someone out to dry - Gerund Form:

Hanging your coworker out to dry when you are responsible shows poor character.



to hang someone out to dry - Examples:

1)  ... contacting their boss meant I was trying to hang them out to dry for something they weren't responsible for. 

2)  ... this administration is not afraid to cut any player and hang them out to dry.

3)  If they get caught, we hang them out to dry.

4)  Don't act like you respect them then hang them out to dry.

5)  For him to hang them out to dry after the decision was made like that is disgusting, and indeed cowardly.

6)  ... my foundation and friend did some bad stuff and tried to hang me out to dry with him.

7)  ... am telling the truth. I will not allow anyone to hang me out to dry and accuse me of such a foul act.

8)  ... for destroying her partner's big night -- she decided to hang me out to dry and say that I was flirting with her man.

9)  ... my family would stick by me and support me. Not hang me out to dry like hers.

10)  I'm not going to hang him out to dry. I take responsibility for bringing him on.

11)  I figured that Clay will be the one to hang him out to dry in hopes of saving his own hide.

12)  But don't just hang him out to dry and jeopardize his career without giving him a chance to clarify or defend himself.

13)  I'm not trying to hang him out to dry or anything, but I want to be realistic about him leaving. 

14)  You will make excuse after excuse for someone who would hang you out to dry in a heartbeat.

15)  ... have a thick skin working for this bunch. They'll hang you out to dry to suit their own agendas and won't think twice about it.

16)  ... isn't foolproof protection from overbearing managers or coworkers determined to hang you out to dry for their mistakes, but it can offer some defense.

17)  They can gang together and hang you out to dry for self-preservation reasons.

18)  Bell got his version in first, before he was also hung out to dry.

19)  ... that the whole trial is politically motivated and that Slager is being hung out to dry in the name of political correctness.

20)  ... it's been taken out of my hands and I've been hung out to dry.