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the lion's mouth

A place or situation that is fraught with risk or danger. Don't put your head in the lion's mouth by driving in such horrible conditions. Voting to repeal these regulations for banks is just going to put our hand right back in the lion's mouth—the same one that bit us when the economy crashed 10 years ago.
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the lion's mouth

a place of great peril.
See also: mouth
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"Well, the lion-tamer's big play to the audience was putting his head in a lion's mouth. The man who hated him attended every performance in the hope sometime of seeing that lion crunch down.
He was the lion-tamer, and he had the self-same trick of putting his head into the lion's mouth. He'd put it into the mouths of any of them, though he preferred Augustus, a big, good-natured beast who could always be depended upon.
If a man had an enemy in those old days, the cleverest thing he could do was to slip a note for the Council of Three into the Lion's mouth, saying "This man is plotting against the Government." If the awful Three found no proof, ten to one they would drown him anyhow, because he was a deep rascal, since his plots were unsolvable.
``Our heads are in the lion's mouth,'' said Wamba, in a whisper to Gurth, ``get them out how we can.''
"The Lord God hath sent his angel, and shut the lion's mouth, for this time," said Tom.
I had neither father nor mother: I leapt out of a lion's mouth when I was scarce an hour old; and ever since have run up and down the world with this case of rapiers, wounding myself when I could get none to fight withal.
Thou hast put thy head in the angry lion's mouth, and yet thou hast escaped by a miracle.
He had thrust his head into the lion's mouth, and the lion's jaws had snapped.
"We wouldn't have put our heads in the lion's mouth to start with if we didn't believe Shane was Welsh.
The sand has always been a major feature of St Andrews, and old favourites such as "Hell" "Lion's Mouth" and "The Coffins" are aptly named.
Park boss Bob Fotheringham added: "It is not every day you have to delve into a lion's mouth.
The 21-year-old from Liverpool, who did not want to give her surname, added: "When I came round the corner I saw the arm in the lion's mouth.
Katie's head, it turned out, was literally inside the lion's mouth. "You're going to be an elephant," Papa told Dave.
"I didn't put my whole arm in the lion's mouth, I'm not that stupid," she said.
Park Manager Bob Fotheringham said: "It is not every day that you have to delve inside a lion's mouth."