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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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The drops came without the shakiness, sweating, and racing heartbeat that usually alert a person to low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.
Beta blockers like Inderal (propranolol) are the first-line treatment to help with the fast pulse, tremors and shakiness.
said Monday it found a 15-meter stretch of railway track on Tokyo's Yamanote Line sinking up to 2 centimeters between Shimbashi and Hamamatsucho stations, after some train drivers felt abnormal shakiness.
Physical dependence -- withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, sweating, shakiness, and anxiety after stopping drinking
The most common slips of the pen detected by Radley were "pen lifts" and retouches, with other examples marred by shakiness and other faults.
But the focus should be more on the collective victory than individual shakiness, and the Blues were perfectly justified in being pleased with themselves.
The feelings of pressure in her ears and shakiness were determined to be premenstrual symptoms.
If Kerry was elected there would be a little more shakiness in the market, simply because he would be a democratic president in a republican house and senate.
But recently, I have been experiencing a racing heart, shortness of breath and shakiness.
and South Korean forces, but the shakiness of their alliance.
On several occasions at international meetings of the Istituto Paolo VI held in Brescia, Italy, I heard him voice his worries about the state of theology and the shakiness of ecclesiastical structures.
Better yet, he works through all the latest literature in English, French, and German to provide the most up-to-date interpretation of the war's outbreak, In common with most historians, Strachan points to the shakiness of the German Empire and its nervous quest for status and security as the main causes of the war.
In the session, many participants voiced concerns that the increased shakiness of U.
Symptoms of both types resemble the symptoms that people with diabetes and hypoglycemia experience: hunger, nervousness, perspiration, shakiness, dizziness, light-headedness, sleepiness, confusion, difficulty speaking, and feeling anxious or weak.
It created much shakiness all round Molineux, especially when Michael Oakes spilled the ball from a corner, but the panic was ended with five minutes left.