hang by a thread


hang by a thread
verb
depend on a small thing or be at risk
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His life now hangs by a thread

Syn: ↑hang by a hair
Hypernyms: ↑depend
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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hang by a thread
To depend upon very precarious conditions, a most slender chance, etc (from the sword of Damocles)
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Main Entry:hang
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hang by a thread see under ↑hang
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Main Entry:thread

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hang by a thread hang in the balance phrase
to be very likely to fail

His career now hung by a thread.

Thesaurus: likely to failsynonym
Main entry: hang

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I
see thread
II
be in a highly precarious state

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hang by a thread
: to be in a very dangerous situation or state : to be very close to death, failure, etc.

The patient's life was hanging by a thread. [=the patient was very close to dying]

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Main Entry:hang
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hang by a thread — see hang, 1
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Main Entry:thread

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hang by a ˈhair/ˈthread idiom
(of a person's life) to be in great danger
Main entry:hangidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • hang by a thread — or[hang by a hair] {v. phr.} To depend on a very small thing; be in doubt. * /For three days Tom was so sick that his life hung by a thread./ * /As Joe got ready to kick a field goal, the result of the game hung by a hair./ Compare: HANG IN THE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang by a thread — or[hang by a hair] {v. phr.} To depend on a very small thing; be in doubt. * /For three days Tom was so sick that his life hung by a thread./ * /As Joe got ready to kick a field goal, the result of the game hung by a hair./ Compare: HANG IN THE… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang\ by\ a\ thread — • hang by a thread • hang by a hair v. phr. To depend on a very small thing; be in doubt. For three days Tom was so sick that his life hung by a thread. As Joe got ready to kick a field goal, the result of the game hung by a hair. Compare: hang… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hang by a thread — or hang in the balance to be very likely to fail His career now hung by a thread …   English dictionary

  • hang by a thread — If something hangs by a thread, there is a very small chance indeed of it being successful or surviving …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • hang by a thread — if something hangs by a thread, it is likely to fail in the near future. Peace and democracy hang by a thread in this troubled country …   New idioms dictionary

  • hang by a thread —    If something hangs by a thread, there is a very small chance indeed of it being successful or surviving.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • hang by a thread — be in doubt, depend on a very small thing The outcome of the election hung by a thread until the last two or three hours …   Idioms and examples

  • hang by a thread — verb To be in danger, calling for precise caution; to be in a precarious situation …   Wiktionary

  • hang by a thread — be in a precarious situation …   English contemporary dictionary


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