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ride a tiger

To become or find oneself responsible for something risky, precarious, or unsafe to abandon; to do something that is safer to continue than it is to quit. It has now become obvious that our country has been riding a tiger with our military intervention in this region—it was foolish to get involved, but it would be catastrophic to leave now.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

ride a tiger

take on a responsibility or embark on a course of action which subsequently cannot safely be abandoned.
The expression comes from the Chinese proverb ‘He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount’.
1940 Daily Progress (USA) I believe that Hitler is riding a tiger in trying to keep all Europe under control by sheer force.
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ride a tiger

To find yourself in a precarious situation. The phrase comes from “He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount.” Which is to say, once you find yourself in a dangerous circumstance, getting out of it can be even more potentially hazardous, whether to your health or your career.
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Jones replied: "Ride the tiger. Don't over think it, as their whole world view is self-defeating in the end.
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But efforts by mainstream parties to win support from religious conservatives -- to ride the tiger of extremism -- are both unlikely to succeed and fraught with risk, warned Rais.
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During initial symptoms--confusion, hostility, nausea--it helped me ride the tiger. I'm older now, the stomach is fragile and I need to chill.
There is an old adage that if you ride the tiger, you can never dismount.
Robespierre and the Jacobins chose to ride the tiger of direct popular democracy in allying themselves with the sans-culottes.
He confesses that he will even be slightly upset if Boreas wins a second Lonsdale Stakes today as it will have meant defeat for one of his favourite horses, Persian Punch, a phenomenon who helps his own trainer to ride the tiger.
He thinks he can ride the tiger but the tiger cannot be controlled.
He basically said that there are two ways to ride a tiger, one is in its belly and one is on its shoulders, and the Trial Lawyers Section should be moving aggressively to ride the tiger on its shoulders through its legislative contacts and by working with other groups," he said.
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This strategy allowed the developer to ride the tiger of increasing prices and created a sense of urgency that induced buyers to act quickly.