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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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Speaking about the tour announcement, Shaky said: "I can't wait to get back on the road, and introduce the songs from 'Echoes Of Our Times' to people who have seen me perform in the past, and those who have not.
Shaky subsequently discovered that he had a half-brother Alfred, who has since died - and that it was a family secret that had certainly been kept from him and so it seems from the brothers and sisters who are still alive.
And, as expected, there wasn't much crying in the chapel - Shaky wouldn't have wanted that.
At the core of Shaky Foundations are three chapters that articulate the development and ramifications of this twinned approach for research programs sponsored by the Defense Department, the Ford Foundation, and the NSF, which only gradually reversed its earlier opprobrium.
A shaky Islamic Republic central government glues it together on paper, but tribal leaders and warlords play a heavy hand in politics.
All have proudly signed a shaky egg while visiting the shop, which has just moved to Priory Queensway in Birmingham city centre from its home of 11 years in the Custard Factory.
Gazza has been caught on camera shaky and drunk at a charity event in Northampton.
Monitors say more than 200 people have been killed in Syria since a shaky ceasefire to which the government and rebels committed themselves went into effect on April 12.
His appointment would be hugely popular with the fans, too - they wouldn't care if the home form was Shaky, the away form was Shaky and the goalkeeper's handling was Shaky.
Catherine had a shaky start after criticism of her on-screen mum Michelle Collins' shaky Northern accent.
The shaky head, essentially a Texas-rigged worm-and-jighead combo, is pure dynamite on bass oriented to the bottom, in deep or shallow water.
I consider suggesting that Shaky isn't a well-used name, but think better of it.
Shaky first found fame in the late 70s when he was picked to play Elvis in a West End musical about the King.
London, Sept 1(ANI): Actor Leonardo DiCaprio's supermodel girlfriend Bar Refaeli has said that she feels sad to see skinny models walking the runways looking all shaky and hungry.
We Mad Climb Shaky Ladders" is a collection of poetry from Pamela Spiro Wagner, reflecting on her twenty five years diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.