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"precarious" in British English

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precariousadjective

uk   /prɪˈkeə.ri.əs/  us   /-ˈker.i-/
in a ​dangerousstate because of not being ​safe or not being ​held in ​placefirmly: The ​lorry was ​lodged in a very precarious way, with ​itsfrontwheelshanging over the ​cliff. A precarious ​situation is ​likely to get ​worse: Many borrowers now ​find themselves ​caught in a precarious ​financialposition.
precariousness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of precarious from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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precariousadjective

 us   /prɪˈkeər·i·əs/
in ​danger because not ​firmlyfixed; ​likely to ​fall or ​sufferharm: I ​climbed onto a precarious ​platform to get a ​betterview.
precariously
adverb  us   /prɪˈkeər·i·əs·li/
The ​vase was precariously ​perched on a ​narrowshelf next to the ​door.
(Definition of precarious from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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