be skating on thin ice

be skating on thin ice

To be doing something very risky or dangerous that could result in imminent disaster or ruin. I hope you realize that you'll be skating on thin ice if you decide to gamble your employees' retirement funds on such a dodgy investment.
See also: ice, on, skate, thin

be skating on thin ice

COMMON If someone is skating on thin ice, they are doing something which could have unpleasant consequences for them. He told me I was skating on thin ice and should change my attitude. Note: Verbs such as tread, walk or stand can be used instead of skate. Watch it Max, Christopher thought gleefully, you're treading on very thin ice. Note: You can also just say that someone is on thin ice. I could see I was on thin ice. His professional pride was injured.
See also: ice, on, skate, thin

be skating/walking on ˌthin ˈice

be in a risky or dangerous situation: They were skating on very thin ice, publishing the election result before it had been confirmed.
See also: ice, on, skate, thin, walking
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We'll be skating on thin ice," Shaun told me, a line he inexplicably believed became funnier each time, because he would also use it on the city manager, our graphic artist and the oval's lead skate guard.
Denise Welch will be skating on thin ice when her Geordie husband Tim Healy sees these snaps of her frolicing with another man.
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BRUMMIES could be skating on thin ice this winter - with the introduction of a rink in the city centre.