hang from a thread

hang from a thread

1. Literally, to be attached only by single thread, strand, or something similar. If that button is only hanging from a thread, you're bound to lose it during the course of the day.
2. To be perilously close to failing, dying, or resulting in a bad outcome. After the loss, their chances of getting into the championships are hanging from a thread. Her life hung from a thread as medics rushed her to the hospital. I'm warning you, Davis, you're hanging from a thread! One more slip up, and you're fired!
See also: hang, thread
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