1Serious and immediate danger: his family was in peril a setback to the state could present a peril to the regime
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- Saunders called a timeout and considered his response to a situation fraught with peril.
- Agitated behavior often develops abruptly and at times has potential for immediate peril.
- The thief was probably unaware of the stir that he had caused or that his actions had now put his life in serious peril.
1.1 (perils) The dangers or difficulties that arise from a particular situation or activity: she first witnessed the perils of pop stardom a decade ago
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- British Transport Police officers are warning youngsters not to risk the perils of trespassing on train tracks after they were called to an incident near Skelton.
- For I have witnessed at first hand the perils of living with a fathers' rights activist who seems to enjoy his campaigning more than the brass tacks of bringing up young children.
- Mandatory meetings were launched, in which workers were shown videos ‘exposing’ the perils of labor representation.
verb (perils, periling, periled ; British perils, perilling, perilled)[with object] archaic Back to top
at one's peril
- At one’s own risk (used especially in warnings): neglect our advice at your perilMore example sentences
- Now you step on it at your peril, and with risk of severe damage to the grass.
- You risk missing this deadline at your peril, as this article from last week explains!
- Events 80 years ago prove that we ignore that advice at our peril.
in (or at) peril of
- Very likely to incur or to suffer from: the movement is in peril of dyingMore example sentences
- At the moment, Canadian women are not in peril of losing their constitutional right to choose.
- Will it provide an artistic continuity that is in peril of being lost without public support?
- Worse yet, doesn't he know he's in peril of quickly morphing into a Saturday night highlight?
- At risk of losing or injuring: anyone linked with the Republican cause would be in peril of their lifeMore example sentences
- It's those who are so eager to kill her who stand in peril of their souls.
- To put it another way, the demand for fresh produce and the like exists even in the relatively poor inner cities, but those who try to meet that demand often do so in peril of their lives.