leave in the lurch

leave in the lurch  {v. phr.}
To desert or leave alone in trouble; refuse to help or support.
The town bully caught Eddie, and Tom left him in the lurch.
Bill quit his job, leaving his boss in the lurch.
Compare: LEAVE FLAT, HIGH AND DRY (2), WALK OUT (2).
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