on shaky ground

on shaky ground

Questionable or lacking support, as of an idea. His hypothesis has been on shaky ground to since the beginning, so I'm not surprised that he couldn't prove it in the lab.
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on shaky ground

 and on dangerous ground
Fig. [of an idea or proposal] on an unstable or questionable foundation; [of an idea or proposal] founded on a risky premise. When you suggest that we are to blame, you are on shaky ground. There is no evidence that we are at fault. The case for relying solely on nuclear energy seems to be on dangerous ground.
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STUDY after study confirms the same dismal reality: California's quality of life is on shaky ground, a condition resulting from both the region's seismic tendencies and decades of government neglect.
However, in some chapters the authors have drawn excessively on anecdotal and dated research thus leaving parts of their argument on shaky ground.
The future of higher education is teeter-tottering on shaky ground as a result of severe budget cuts, less funding, and skyrocketing tuitions.
With the nation's economy still on shaky ground this holiday season, many consumers need to make sure they can stretch their shopping dollars as far as possible.
With the economy remaining on shaky ground, and unemployment eclipsing new highs in the cycle, we would be cautious on the sector.
The conference, Living on Shaky Ground, will feature Secretary of the Interior, Bruce Babbitt as a keynote speaker (10-14 at 1 p.
The Living on Shaky Ground conference is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Traditional earthquake coverage became a thing of the past and many Californians subsequently opted for no coverage at all, leaving their personal finances on shaky ground.
This CD-ROM is a multi-media collection that includes over 1000 full-color maps depicting earthquake shaking hazards on Bay Area faults, dozens of earthquake damage photographs, over 30 minutes of video (including video from the Office of Emergency Services, "How to Retrofit Your Wood-Frame House"), the full text of the On Shaky Ground report released last year, animated graphics, and video clips from the United States Geological Survey and local television stations.
Ground shaking hazards are described in the Association's report, On Shaky Ground, along with 14 full-color maps.