dance with death

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dance with death

To do something very dangerous. I think you'll be dancing with death if you attempt that motorcycle jump. Stunt men dance with death every day.
See also: dance, death
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

dance with death

Fig. to attempt to do something that is very risky. The crossing of the border into enemy territory was like dancing with death. You are dancing with death in your effort to cross that narrow ledge.
See also: dance, death
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Lisbeth Salander returns in "Millennium: The Girl Who Danced with Death", a gripping new story written Sylvian Runger and based on a series of best-seller novels by Steig Larsson in a graphic novel format.
But what of those who, heedless, danced with death - Who saw self-interest served by such an act: The jingo-jo imperialists, For ever covetous of empire; The global fiscal speculators, Sniffing out a dead-cert killing; The biddable industrialists, Only too willing to turn colanders into cannons; The rabid militarists, Coventry itching to unleash the machinery of slaughter - Shall we remember them, too?
Highly-desirable flats look aloofly across the lane at the mundane sub-post office and village store which has danced with death.