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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.
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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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n. a camera, used mainly in advertisements and documentaries, that is shaken and moved constantly to create a sense of excitement, urgency, or crisis. We can’t afford much in the way of costumes for the sequence, so we will use the shaky-cam and shoot it in dim light.
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Even shakier are projections of some $500 million a year in state revenue from the casinos.
This kind of polarization might become more pronounced in the months ahead as financial institutions are expected to squeeze lending to firms with shakier credit standings, according to the research agency.
Though her application is seductive in its exactitude, the work's raison d'etre is on shakier ground, characterized as it is by underdeveloped ideas and trite faux-literary allusions.
All y'all have to do is live in a city where the flood defences are shakier than a virgin on prom night.
Our magnificent all-volunteer, all-professional army may be doing a little bit better in recent weeks, but the very idea is looking shakier than it has since we started it after Vietnam.
Public entities often find themselves on shakier ground than commercial businesses in age discrimination disputes for several reasons, the most intractable of which are shortcomings in training for supervisory personnel.
What seems most certain right now is that support for the bill, once overwhelming, has a shakier base than the California terrain during heavy rains.
Some argue that screener is fine within two weeks of balloting but is much shakier anytime earlier.
Shakier still are Moore's attempts to inject levity into the proceedings.
As the pressure built on the administration and their case got shakier and shakier, there was obviously a lot greater stress, and there was some shouting that was done at us over the telephone," Hoyt says.
BETWEEN THE LINES: Social Security is much shakier than Washington likes to admit.
Earlier, Stuart Hopkins had taken 3-64 and skipper Mark Lilley 3-72 as Moseley made their way to a commanding 236-6 and C&NW's response could not have had a shakier start as Ian Bell's younger brother, Keith was also removed by Warren for a duck.
Those denials started to look even shakier on Saturday, with reports that the senior North Korean official responsible for drug smuggling and counterfeiting, Kil Jae-gyong, has defected to the U.
Protection from employment discrimination just got a little shakier for people with HIV and other chronic diseases.
In Brazil, which does about US$2 billion in steel trade with the United States annually, support for FTAA talks got shakier.