hang in the balance

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hang in the balance

To be perilously close to failing, depending on the outcome of something. The court is just about to issue its verdict, and our company's future is hanging in the balance. Her life hung the balance as medics rushed her to the hospital.
See also: balance, hang

hang in the balance

Be in a precarious condition or in a state of suspense. For example, The doctor said her life was hanging in the balance. This expression alludes to the suspended balance scale where an object is placed in one pan and weights are added one by one to the other pan until the two are balanced. [First half of 1400s]
See also: balance, hang
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Participation of the PBA's veteran stars in the next Gilas event, the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon near the end of August, still hangs in the balance as it will run smack into the season-ending Governors' Cup that opens this Wednesday.
The fate of the contestants is with the public for the first time on X Factor which could shake things up, and the performance of some of the weaker dancers from Strictly hangs in the balance.
That's why online sales of insurance have yet to take off, and why the fate of many online aggregators hangs in the balance.