hang on by (one's) fingertips

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hang on by (one's) fingertips

1. Literally, to grasp something, such as a cliff, with one's fingertips to avoid falling. The stranded hiker was hanging on by her fingertips until the rescue crew arrived.
2. By extension, to narrowly avoid problems or failure. They're hanging on by their fingertips out there—the other team's offensive 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.
See also: by, fingertip, hang, on
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But at least he had the good sense to steady himself against the window frame - even if he was hanging on by his fingertips as he used the brush with his other hand.
Hiding in a lift shaft with a 100-foot drop, the burglar was hanging on by his fingertips.
He told coastguards he was hanging on by his fingertips but said he could not last for long.
The man was hanging on by his fingertips and had almost lost his grip when rescuers grabbed him.
He told the operator he was hanging on by his fingertips but said he could not last for long.