on the bubble


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on the bubble

In a state of uncertainty between two possible outcomes. This phrase is often used in reference to sports teams. I hate being on the bubble. When will the coach finalize the roster already?
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on the bubble

AMERICAN
If someone or something is on the bubble, they are in a difficult situation, and do not know if they will succeed or fail. The energy minister is on the bubble over the ongoing complaints over energy prices. His new TV series is on the bubble for cancellation after poor ratings. Note: The reference may be to a bubble which is about to burst, or to the bubble on a spirit level, which will move off centre if the level is not kept exactly horizontal.
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on the bubble

On the brink of a new development or condition, especially in danger of being cut from a sports team: "These are the players on the bubble, the ones who are not sure if they have made the team" (Jason Diamos).
See also: bubble, on