high-wire act


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high-wire act

An especially risky or treacherous job, plan, action, or operation. Alludes to an aerialist performance on a tightrope. Because of the nation's deeply divided political beliefs, creating a tax reform deal that everyone is happy with has been a high-wire act for the president.
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high-wire act

A risky job or operation, as in The university press is not allowed to either make or lose money-that's a high-wire act . This expression alludes to the aerialist performing on a tightrope stretched high above the ground. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
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high-wire act

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A risky job or operation.
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Organisers are hoping for fine weather for the main event, which will feature high-wire acts above St George's Square.
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It also takes away the high-wire act a Cal fan might have had if he was set to go to the Rose Bowl but suddenly found a need for a detour to San Diego and didn't want to sweat out a FedEx package from someone who sold them something on eBay.
Festive season fanatics in Bridgend are planning to spend pounds 50,000 on a month-long series of celebrations ranging from foreign markets to an open-air Nativity play and high-wire act with Spiderman.
In the end, Fonseca's emergence on the scene, however engaging, was too closely tied to tradition to make his first solo show the high-wire act for which he has apparently been in training.
For over two years, Clearwire, a privately owned high-wire act without the wires, has revolutionized the methods in which broadband connectivity has been achieved.
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London, Jan 23 (ANI): It looks like the circus craze has taken over the music world, with American singer Pink following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Take That to do a high-wire act.
He and his wife, Lubov, who helps him in his high-wire act, bought a house in Sketty, Swansea.
Given the must-win attitude that prevails at Windsor, managers' 'one game at a time' dogma and the precarious high-wire act Linfield bosses must endure, Jeffrey's 10-year focus seemed ambitious.