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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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shaky cam

A cinematographic technique in which the camera is operated by hand, as opposed to being fixed on a mount, resulting in a jerky, unstable image. This is done to emulate a first-person perspective or imitate what an ordinary person might have captured on a handheld camcorder in order to create a sense of immersion or heighten the sense of excitement, terror, urgency, etc. I'm really sick of the trend in recent horror movies to have the whole thing filmed in shaky cam. It isn't scary, it's just nauseating! It just felt like the shaky cam was a cheap way for the filmmakers to give the documentary a sense of authenticity. The director uses shaky cam to give the audience a glimpse into the protagonist's point of view during especially emotional scenes.
See also: cam, shaky

shaky camera

A cinematographic technique in which the camera is operated by hand, as opposed to being fixed on a mount, resulting in a jerky, unstable image. This is done to emulate a first-person perspective or imitate what an ordinary person might have captured on a handheld camcorder in order to create a sense of immersion or heighten the sense of excitement, terror, urgency, etc. I'm really sick of the trend in recent horror movies to have the whole thing filmed in shaky camera. It isn't scary, it's just nauseating! It just felt like the shaky camera was a cheap way for the filmmakers to give the documentary a sense of authenticity. The director uses shaky camera to give the audience a glimpse into the protagonist's point of view during especially emotional scenes.
See also: camera, shaky

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.
See also: ground, on, shaky

shaky-cam

n. a camera, used mainly in advertisements and documentaries, that is shaken and moved constantly to create a sense of excitement, urgency, or crisis. We can’t afford much in the way of costumes for the sequence, so we will use the shaky-cam and shoot it in dim light.
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So I think what's going on in New York is on shakier ground.
The political stability of our sources for imported oil gets shakier by the minute (those sources that have not--temporarily, at least--evaporated).
The report charges that the banking industry's long-standing explanation that they charge more because blacks and Hispanics tend to have shakier credit histories and present a higher risk is plain wrong.
This kind of polarization might become more pronounced in the months ahead as financial institutions are expected to squeeze lending to firms with shakier credit standings, according to the research agency.
Though her application is seductive in its exactitude, the work's raison d'etre is on shakier ground, characterized as it is by underdeveloped ideas and trite faux-literary allusions.
All y'all have to do is live in a city where the flood defences are shakier than a virgin on prom night.
Our magnificent all-volunteer, all-professional army may be doing a little bit better in recent weeks, but the very idea is looking shakier than it has since we started it after Vietnam.
What seems most certain right now is that support for the bill, once overwhelming, has a shakier base than the California terrain during heavy rains.
Public entities often find themselves on shakier ground than commercial businesses in age discrimination disputes for several reasons, the most intractable of which are shortcomings in training for supervisory personnel.
The one cautionary note is that as Discovery, the History Channel and other networks increasingly rely on dramatizations to spice up documentary material--especially when exploring eras that predate video imagery--they inevitably drift further from true history and onto the shakier ground of infotainment.
Some argue that screener is fine within two weeks of balloting but is much shakier anytime earlier.
Shakier still are Moore's attempts to inject levity into the proceedings.
Morality gets murkier as camerawork gets shakier, and the chivalric archetype blurs from the purity of Galahad to the ambiguity of Mordred.
Bush's poll numbers grow shakier, White House operatives are devoting themselves to coddling the religious right.
BETWEEN THE LINES: Social Security is much shakier than Washington likes to admit.