high-wire act

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high-wire act

An especially risky or treacherous job, plan, action, or operation. Alludes to an aerialist performance on a tightrope. Because of the nation's deeply divided political beliefs, creating a tax reform deal that everyone is happy with has been a high-wire act for the president.
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high-wire act

A risky job or operation, as in The university press is not allowed to either make or lose money-that's a high-wire act . This expression alludes to the aerialist performing on a tightrope stretched high above the ground. [Colloquial; mid-1900s]
See also: act
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

high-wire act

Slang
A risky job or operation.
See also: act
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