twist in the wind

a) To be unassisted and without comfort in a situation likely to result in distress or failure.

There seemed to be a shared perception of Colonel North as a good and honorable serviceman who had been left to twist in the wind, the scapegoat of an operation gone awry.

b) To wait for an uncomfortably long period of time.

McGuinty just says, "Dont worry, the investigation will be over soon enough, well do something in due course," and people are expected to twist in the wind in the meantime.


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