hang by a thread Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “hang by a thread” in the English Dictionary

"hang by a thread" in British English

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hang by a thread

If a ​serioussituationhangs by a ​thread, it ​means that ​even a ​slightchange can ​decide what will ​happen and that a ​badresult such as ​death, ​failure, etc. is ​likely: The mayor's ​politicalfuture has been ​hanging by a ​thread since the ​fraudscandal.
(Definition of hang by a thread from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “hang by a thread”
in Chinese (Simplified) 千钧一发, 岌岌可危, 危在旦夕…
in Chinese (Traditional) 千鈞一髮, 岌岌可危, 危在旦夕…
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