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hang by a thread

Definition of hang by a thread in English:

Be in a highly precarious state: their lives were hanging by a thread
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  • But whatever had triggered it - impulsiveness, buttressing his position, or to soothe whatever remained of his conscience - his position hung by a thread.
  • Now Louis is fully recovered, and it is hard to believe looking at this happy little boy that his life once hung by a thread.
  • The tax authorities must be aware that York City's future hangs by a thread.
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