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armed and dangerous

Possessing a weapon and likely to use it. Typically said of criminals, especially fugitives. The most wanted fugitives on this list are all considered armed and dangerous.
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*armed and dangerous

Cliché [of someone who is suspected of a crime] having a gun or other lethal weapon and not being reluctant to use it. (This is part of a warning to police officers who might try to capture an armed suspect. *Typically: be ~; be regarded as ~; be presumed to be ~.) The murderer is at large, presumed to be armed and dangerous. The suspect has killed once and is armed and dangerous.
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little knowledge is a dangerous thing

 and little learning is a dangerous thing
Prov. Cliché If you only know a little about something, you may feel you are qualified to make judgments when, in fact, you are not. After Bill read one book on the history of Venezuela, he felt he was an authority on the subject, but he wound up looking like a fool in discussions with people who knew a lot more about it than he did. A little learning is a dangerous thing.

on shaky ground

 and on dangerous ground
Fig. [of an idea or proposal] on an unstable or questionable foundation; [of an idea or proposal] founded on a risky premise. When you suggest that we are to blame, you are on shaky ground. There is no evidence that we are at fault. The case for relying solely on nuclear energy seems to be on dangerous ground.
See also: ground, on, shaky

on dangerous ground

likely to cause offense I know I'm on dangerous ground here, but it is a fact that some women do not find motherhood to be a magical experience.
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on shaky ground

not supported very well Despite high retail prices and growing demand, the beef industry is still on shaky ground.
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live dangerously

to not worry about the risks involved in your actions She always felt a powerful attraction to men who lived dangerously.
Related vocabulary: (live) on the edge
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on dangerous ground

if you are on dangerous ground, you are talking about a subject which might upset or offend people The author is on dangerous ground when he starts criticizing modern women's literature. She sensed she was treading on dangerous ground when her father began to look rather annoyed.
See also: dangerous, ground, on

little knowledge is a dangerous thing, a

Also, a little learning is a dangerous thing. Knowing a little about something tempts one to overestimate one's abilities. For example, I know you've assembled furniture, but that doesn't mean you can build an entire wall system; remember, a little knowledge . This maxim, originally a line from Alexander Pope's An Essay on Criticism (1709), has been repeated with slight variations ever since. It is still heard, although less frequently, and sometimes shortened, as in the example.

live dangerously

Take numerous risks, be daring, as in Bill never knows if he'll have enough money to pay the next month's rent-he likes to live dangerously . This expression figured in the work of such 19th-century German writers as Nietzsche, who regarded it as an admirable course of action. Today it is often used with mildly humorous effect, as in the example. [c. 1900]
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Such unabashed and upfront emotions might come as a surprise to longtime fans but make no mistake, Dangerously In Love isn't a rejection of Destiny Child's sound.
If at times Leirner veers dangerously close to the driest form of institutionalized conceptualism, her installations always manage to surprise us with their sense of discretion, intimacy, even empathy.
LANCASTER - Two toy fire engines, a Barney music keyboard, a Sesame Street talking CD player and a toy gun are among seven toys that are dangerously loud and could pose a hearing hazard to young children, a consumer group said Tuesday.
In the June 26 Nature, Stephen O'Rahilly of the University of Cambridge in England and his colleagues describe an 8-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy, cousins and both dangerously obese, who have mutations in the gene for the hormone leptin.
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Asked "if any of your patients received care at your local hospital within the last year that you have reason to believe was dangerously sub-standard?
He is also accused of driving a Toyota Yaris dangerously, and driving without insurance.
A PENSIONER who drove dangerously while more than twice the drink-drive limit has narrowly avoided jail.
TWO men were arrested following a police chase after worried motorists reported a car being driven dangerously on a main road in Northumberland at the weekend.
Then to convolute things even further, there is Grady's discovery of a new love in the form of Linda--a nurse with a dangerously demented mother.
Anyone using an animal as a weapon to attack someone would still be sentenced for assault, but the new guidelines cover both dogs which were dangerously out of control and the possession of banned dogs.
However, the hosts were level before the break when Nicky Adams crossed dangerously and Done - on as a 15th-minute substitute - rifled home from six yards.