in the balance


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in the balance

In a state of jeopardy or uncertainty. I'm afraid that my scholarship is in the balance now that I've been accused of plagiarizing a paper.
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*in the balance

in an undecided state; at risk. (*Typically: be ~; hang ~.) He stood on the edge of the cliff, his life in the balance. With his fortune in the balance, John rolled the dice.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

in the balance

COMMON If a situation is in the balance, it is not clear what is going to happen. The career of Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley is now in the balance following this latest injury. Note: You can also say that a situation hangs in the balance. With the destruction of so much of the rainforest, the fate of these animals now hangs in the balance. Note: A balance is a set of scales (= device for weighing things) which consists of two dishes hanging from a horizontal bar.
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in the balance

uncertain; at a critical stage.
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(be/hang) in the ˈbalance

(be) at a point where something could either develop well or badly; be uncertain: With the election results due to be announced this afternoon, the future of the country still hangs very much in the balance.
A balance is an instrument for weighing things. It has a bar that is supported in the middle and dishes hanging from each end.
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in the balance

In an undetermined and often critical position: Our plans were left hanging in the balance. Resolution of that item is still in the balance.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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