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double jeopardy

A legal doctrine which holds that legal action cannot be taken twice against someone for the same offense. Yes, I know there's new evidence linking the chief financial officer to the embezzlement scheme, but he's already been tried for that. If we bring this new evidence against him now, the judge will toss it out as an instance of double jeopardy.
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in jeopardy

In danger or at risk; imperiled. The recent scandal put her hopes of election in jeopardy. The company's entire future is in jeopardy if we can't find more investors.
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place (someone or something) in jeopardy

To cause someone or something to be in a situation or scenario that could prove risky, dangerous, or damaging. The colossal failure of our latest product has placed the company's future in jeopardy. I hope you realize that you're placing your children in jeopardy by smoking inside the house like that.
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put (someone or something) in jeopardy

To cause one to be in a situation or scenario that could prove risky, dangerous, or damaging. The colossal failure of our latest product has put the company's future in jeopardy. I hope you realize that you're putting your children in jeopardy by smoking inside the house like that.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

in jeopardy

to be at risk; to be at peril. John puts himself in jeopardy every time he goes skydiving. I was in jeopardy when my car broke down on the deserted road.
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place someone or something in jeopardy

to put someone or something at risk. Do you realize that what you just said places all of us in jeopardy? She has placed the entire project in jeopardy.
See also: jeopardy, place

put someone or something in(to) jeopardy

to put someone or something into danger. What you just said puts Bill into jeopardy. It puts his plans in jeopardy.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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