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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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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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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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I started a bit shakily - my timing was a little off - but after a bogey on 11 I played pretty flawless golf.
Things began shakily, with Parks being driven from the airport at high speed by a man who spoke no English.
Rock started shakily yesterday, bogeying the third before four successive birdies from the fifth put him back in charge.
The home side started shakily and only some excellent defensive play from Josh Walters, Andy Culloden, Pete Fuller and Niall Hollingworth aided by some fine keeping from Sean Delee kept Holmbridge out.
Their reply started shakily as Mahela Jayawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya departed cheaply but Mathews and Kapugedera steered them to within sight of victory, with the latter hitting a six off the last ball of the match to seal the win.
Australian had earlier started their innings shakily and were 23-3 and then 82-5 before Richardson put steel into the performance with his run-a-ball cameo to ensure Australia passed the psychological 200 mark.
The delegation included Malik Sather, Chairman TWA, Zafar Bakhtawari, Syed Amen Prized, Ashen Bakhtawari, Liquate Noon, Haji Muhammad Name, Yuma Rapt, Shahid Alma, Shakily Aziz, Abdul Humid Abbasid and Name Sodium.
I thought both sides started shakily, but Quins tightened up and we didn't so we have no complaints.
Her intervention allowed the injured man to rise shakily to his feet and limp away clutching an injury to his thigh.
Cardiff started shakily but scored three fine tries in the space of 12 minutes to record a thoroughly deserved win at Church Bank.
The Eaglescliffe professional walked shakily off the course after playing his second hole, but later he recovered sufficiently to announce he will be fit to play in the main event this week.
The other award winners were more careful, although songwriter Diane Warren (``Moulin Rouge'') shakily handed hers over to ``American Idol'' pal Randy Jackson as she stammered through her acceptance speech.
A gravelly-voiced Katharine Hepburn obviously in the twilight of her career shakily delivers the various quotations from Abraham Lincoln's speeches, including part of the famous Gettysburg address.
He began shakily as a mis-timed shot dropped just short of deep square- leg off Thilan Samaraweera in the second full over of the morning - and the 31-year-old was then dropped on 113, low down in the same position by Bathiya Perera after a flick off the hips off fast bowler Dilhara Fernando.
She started off shakily in a 7-6 7-5 verdict over wild-card Samantha Stosur, but has improved since with straight-sets triumphs against Rita Grande, Cara Black and, yesterday, Daniela Hantuchova's conqueror Shinobu Asagoe.