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an endangered species

A type of something that is already very rare or could soon become rare. I worry that this type of work will soon be an endangered species if funding keeps getting cut.
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endangered species

A group threatened with extinction or destruction. For example, Workers willing to put in overtime without extra pay are an endangered species, or With the new budget cuts, public television has become an endangered species. This expression, originally referring to species of plants or animals in danger of dying out, began in the 1980s to be extended to anything or anyone becoming rare.
See also: endanger, species

an endangered species

If you describe something as an endangered species, you mean that there are not many of them left. Business class is in danger of becoming an endangered species, except on long flights. Bassoons, oboes and the big brass instruments are endangered species because children do not want to play them. Note: This expression comes from the literal meaning of a plant or animal that is likely to die out soon.
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These statutes included obstruction of justice, (57) contributing to the delinquency of a minor, (58) mandatory reporting of suspicions of child sex abuse, (59) and child endangerment.
Kendall Traller, 24, on insurance fraud, theft over $500, and conspiracy to commit child endangerment.
Although, the report lists the investigation as a battery, but law enforcement sources insist that they are "definitely investigating child endangerment.
The endangerment finding allows EPA to move forward with proposed regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks.
The EPA's major systematic errors with regard to science concerned the way in which it provided scientific background for Proposed Endangerment.
She now faces a charge of meth possession and three counts of child endangerment.
He uses language endangerment as a backdrop for the interaction of his characters.
Feingold survived and was charged with the crime of reckless endangerment in the first degree under section Penal Law [section]120.
The administrator was also found guilty of neglect of a care-dependent person, reckless endangerment, and criminal conspiracy.
Boyce will face charges of drunken driving, child endangerment, reckless endangerment and driving without a licence.
The women were each sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2003 to kidnapping, child endangerment, and felonious assault.
What seemed a case of date rape with the addition of child endangerment has the sudden potential to be an embarrassing international incident chock-full of priceless coins, murdered starlets and dead kings.
However, state attorneys general disagree with the DOD's reading, and have expressed concern that the RRPI would effectively mean states could not require the DOD to take any action to address munitions-related contamination on a range--even if that contamination were to migrate offsite and contaminate drinking water supplies--unless regulators could prove imminent and substantial endangerment from the contamination.
Immunity does not apply if the discipline results in child endangerment, defined as abuse of a child, the administration of a disciplinary measure or physical restrain or a child in cruel manner or for prolonged period that is excessive under the circumstances and creates a substantial risk of serious physical harm to a child or repeated administration of unwarranted disciplinary measures to a child where there is a substantial risk that such measures seriously impair or retard the child's mental health or development.
However, when extinctions and severe endangerment result from introduced species, I believe the non-native animals must be removed as humanely as possible.