by (one's) fingertips

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by (one's) fingertips

1. Literally, of a grasp, using only the tips of one's fingers (such as when hanging on the edge of a cliff). The stranded hiker was clinging on by her fingertips until the rescue crew arrived.
2. In a way that is narrowly avoiding problems or failure. They're clinging on by their fingertips out there—the other team's offense is totally overwhelming them. Now that I have three small children to care for, I feel as if I'm hanging on by my fingertips every day.
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by your fingertips

only with difficulty; barely.
1990 Current History In early 1988 , United States Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams said that General Noriega was clinging to power ‘by his fingertips’.
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A STUNTMAN called Elvis left his online fans all shook up by dangling from the girder of a skyscraper one-handed by his fingertips.
Coastguards have rescued a man who was hanging by his fingertips from a 60ft overhang.
A Portland Coastguard spokesman said: "This gentleman really was hanging by his fingertips.
David Tuckett, 37, died moments after calling the coastguard to say he was hanging on to a cliff ledge by his fingertips.
He told the operator he was hanging on by his fingertips but said he could not last for long.
A WALKER was left hanging by his fingertips over a 150ft drop after slipping off a cliff edge at the weekend.
Forth Coastguard received a call at around 4.50pm on Saturday to say the man was hanging by his fingertips after falling 20ft.
The man was hanging on by his fingertips and had almost lost his grip when rescuers grabbed him.