precarious situation meaning, precarious situation definition | English Cobuild dictionary



1       adj   If your situation is precarious, you are not in complete control of events and might fail in what you are doing at any moment.   (=uncertain)     (Antonym: secure)    Our financial situation had become precarious., ...the Government's precarious position.     
  precariously      adv   ADV with v, ADV adj/adv  
The hunter-gatherer lifestyle today survives precariously in remote regions.     
  precariousness      n-uncount   usu N of n  
Wells was well aware of the precariousness of human life.     
2       adj   Something that is precarious is not securely held in place and seems likely to fall or collapse at any moment.  
They looked rather comical as they crawled up precarious ladders.     
  precariously      adv   ADV with v, ADV adj/adv  
One of my grocery bags was still precariously perched on the car bumper.     
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to face a situation courageously
perceive (an idea or situation) mentally
"I just realised how important is that trip for you."
be negatively impacted by a situation, event.
E.g.: The building is being renovated, but for the moment people living there get the short end of the stick.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
be the most affected by a unpleasant situation; be considered the main responsible for a negative event
E.g.: If the deadline is not met, the production department will bear the brunt
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
face a specific situation; act in a certain way
E.g.: John went out of rehab a few days ago and he is determined to not go down that road again.
be more successful than others in a competitive situation or do things in advance in order to succeed in a competition.
That basketball team was ahead of the game that is why they won!
do something which puts you in a very difficult situation and limits the way that you can act
expression used for warning that, although something seems to be over, settled, new events that could change the situation may occur
syn.: "it ain't over till it's over"
name given to the discomfort felt in the abdominal area in situations of stress or anxiety
also known as "butterflies in the stomach" sensation
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