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Left out in the cold

DEFINITION

Forsaken. Homeless. Alone. Separated from one’s family or tribe. ‘Cold’ presents an inhospitable environment, like living on the street; being’ left out’ it implies that one was formerly inside with a more comfortable life. The phrase can be used in any situation where fortunes have been reversed, or someone has been left out of an endeavor.

“The boss didn’t tell me our company was merging and my job would be eliminated, I was left out in the cold during the entire process.”

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