Hung Out To Dry

There is a classical English expression which says, “hung out to dry”.  This idiom is used when you’ve been left alone to face a situation—especially a dangerous or unpleasant situation—the people who just abandoned you have hung you out to dry.

Example:  Right before the company went bankrupt, the CEO sold all of his stock, thereby leaving everyone else there hung out to dry.

In today’s post,  I literally mean that clothes were hung out under the sun to dry.  In Panama, 99.9 percent of the population do not use electric dryers to dry up their clothes.  Instead they hang their clothes with pins on wires or plastic lines and allow Apollo to complete the drying process.  Millions of dollars are saved each year by using Nature to dry up our clothes and help us clean up the global warming mess.

Below are a cluster of socks hanging under the sun, thus the heading of the post, “Hung Out To Dry” which has nothing to do with the idiomatic phrase indicated earlier.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

10 thoughts on “Hung Out To Dry”

  1. One of my hobbies is collecting idioms. Over the years I’ve developed a passion for the English language which is fascinating to study. Being born and raised in Panama, my native language is Spanish, but due to special circumstances, been in contact with English since I was six.

    Usually study English at home about two to three hours every day. This blog also provides a window of opportunity to practice the language.

    Studying English accents is also very interesting. When I traveled to New York, I enjoyed the way New Yorkers spoke, a lot different from people of the deep South of Mid-Western states. All-in-all I’m infatuated with the language.

    As a matter of fact, I read more books in English than I do in Spanish. At this moment I’m reading, “Our Man in Havana” authored by Graham Greene. Interesting stuff about a comedy about the Cold War.

    Enjoy the rest of the day, Joe.


  2. There are few things in life more enjoyable than that moment when you lay your head down and inhale the aroma of a freshly-washed pillowcase that has been dried out doors in the sunlight.

  3. One of my biggest gripes in the world concerns the people in the US who have decreed there shall be no line-drying of clothes. No clotheslines in the yard! No sheets flapping in the wind! It’s not “aesthetically pleasing” and “degrades the appearance of neighborhood.”

    Once these self-appointed guardians of the common could have patrolled the neighborhood for illegal laundry-hanging, they go off to their meetings to talk about how to become more “green”, and make more use of solar and wind power.


  4. Well Linda, if those officials ever come to Panama they would have to fine the whole country because that’s the way it’s done in this part of the world.

    As Richard said, the aroma of clothes that has been dried up in the sunshine is difficult to describe. Plus nothing can be more aesthetic than multicolored sheets gracefully flapping in the wind.

    Sorry to disagree with those self-appointed guardians of the community, but they are totally wrong.



  5. The only other aroma, in my opinion, that rivals freshly laundered and air-dried linen is in those few seconds when it starts to rain on a hot afternoon. There is that fleeting moment when the drops hit the pavement and earth that I wish could be put into a bottle.

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