in the balance


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hang in the balance

To be perilously close to failing, depending on the outcome of something. The court is just about to issue its verdict, and our company's future is hanging in the balance. Her life hung the balance as medics rushed her to the hospital.
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*in the balance

in an undecided state; at risk. (*Typically: be ~; hang ~.) He stood on the edge of the cliff, his life in the balance. With his fortune in the balance, John rolled the dice.
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in the balance

COMMON If a situation is in the balance, it is not clear what is going to happen. The career of Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley is now in the balance following this latest injury. Note: You can also say that a situation hangs in the balance. With the destruction of so much of the rainforest, the fate of these animals now hangs in the balance. Note: A balance is a set of scales (= device for weighing things) which consists of two dishes hanging from a horizontal bar.
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in the balance

In an undetermined and often critical position: Our plans were left hanging in the balance. Resolution of that item is still in the balance.
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