Earlier this week, I told someone, I would never intentionally leave you out to dry. I realize, just now, that the more common idiom is hang you out to dry.
Is the first one also acceptable? is it common? or is it preferable (and more correct) to use the latter? Beneath is a good definition of the idiom.
Leave someone in a difficult or vulnerable situation.
If the variation leave out to dry is indeed acceptable, then I would be interested in any instances of this variation from respected sources.