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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 measured the last dose of elixir, shakily spooned it to Mother's parched lips.
United defended shakily without Valencia, with Rojo culpable for Gareth Barry's 77th-minute goal before he offered the hosts encouragement by carelessly conceding a corner.
She returns shakily, her circulation momentarily embarrassed by the mad exertion.
LLANDOVERY stayed shakily on course to emulate their Cup run of 2007 with this five tries to one win over their Championship opponents at Church Bank.
Salim al- Shakily, Head of team of information access said that the interest of institutions which enjoy privacy in some information have been taken into consideration when drafting the information access law, noting that on the other hand the interests of citizens about their right to access information has also been taken into account.
When they got off the train, the man put the puppy on the ground where it stood shakily and then slowly followed them up the ramp.
Middlesex started shakily in their pursuit of victory as Iain Wardlaw unsettled Paul Stirling with a slow looping full toss with the first ball of the innings and then blasted out off and middle stumps with the second ball.
He helped her, a little shakily to her feet, a far-away radio was Playing 'their tune'', Holding her almost too close, they danced, as they had done for So long - as one; He smiled into her eyes, she into his, both recalling, remembering, A lifetime of smiles, Under a superb casting of stars, came the most perfect shaft of moonlight, Words failed him as they so often have - he tries to speak, she touches His lips, shakes her head, She knows.
heRe is your first peek inside the rink of secrecy as the new dancing on ice hopefuls take shakily to their skates.
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.
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.