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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I describe it as hanging on by my fingertips and I don't want those fingers stamped on any harder, thank you very much" - Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe, accusing David Cameron of "alienating most of his own MPs and vast tranches of supporters".
During those years I led a life of "white-knuckle" celibacy, hanging on by my fingertips for dear life.