high-wire act

 Risky decision.
 ► “Brainchildren have a tendency to become risk junkies. . . . Encourage them to perform their high-wire acts, but install a safety net and keep it there.” (Wall Street Journal, Oct. 30, 1995, p. B1)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • high-wire act — A high wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • high-wire act — phrase something that you have to do very slowly or carefully, because it involves a lot of risk Thesaurus: dangerous or exciting situationssynonym Main entry: high wire …   Useful english dictionary

  • high-wire act —    A high wire act is a dangerous or risky strategy, plan, task, etc.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • high-wire act — something that you have to do very slowly or carefully, because it involves a lot of risk …   English dictionary

  • high wire — high wires also high wire 1) N COUNT A high wire is a length of rope or wire stretched tight high above the ground and used for balancing acts. Syn: tightrope 2) N SING: oft N n Journalists talk about a person being on a high wire or performing a …   English dictionary

  • high wire — high ,wire noun count a long rope stretched tightly high above the ground that a performer in a CIRCUS balances on: TIGHTROPE high wire act something that you have to do very slowly or carefully, because it involves a lot of risk …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • high wire — noun a tightrope very high above the ground • Hypernyms: ↑tightrope * * * noun : a tightrope considerably higher above ground than the one ordinarily used * * * a tightrope stretched very high above the ground. [1880 85] * * * high wire noun A… …   Useful english dictionary

  • high wire — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms high wire : singular high wire plural high wires a long rope stretched tightly high above the ground that a performer in a circus balances on • high wire act …   English dictionary

  • high-wire — ˈ ̷ ̷ ˌ ̷ ̷ ( ̷ ̷ ) adjective Etymology: high wire, noun 1. : involving great risk a financial high wire act 2. : daring high wire prose …   Useful english dictionary

  • high-wire — adjective Date: 1956 1. involving great risk < a financial high wire act > 2. daring < high wire prose > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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