leave in the lurch

leave in the lurch
desert or leave alone and in trouble, refuse to help or support someone

He left me in the lurch when he didn't come over to help me although he had promised to earlier in the day.

(smb) - to leave (a person) in difficulties, in a helpless, embarrassing, a difficult situation; to desert, abandon one in a dangerous situation

"I was almost afraid..." she broke off, but I finished the sentence for her: "That I would let you down." (A. Cronin)

You obviously can't let that poor girl down, so I'll have to run you up in the car. We probably won't be able to beat the train, but we'll do our best. (D. Cusack)

"He wanted to do an experiment on scattering, and I - I let him down halfway through. I got mixed up with something else outside," he explained vaguely. (M. Wilson)

Be a pal. Come on now, don't leave me in the lurch. All I want is a little help now and again. (J. Wain)


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