Examples of jeopardy
<the city's firefighters routinely put their lives in jeopardy by executing daring rescues>
Origin of jeopardy
Middle English jeopardie, from Anglo-French juparti, jeuparti alternative, literally, divided game
First Known Use: 14th century
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History for jeopardy
In French jeu parti means literally “divided game.” This phrase was used in medieval France for situations involving alternative possibilities, such as a chess game where a player could not be sure which of two plays would be better. In this sense jeu parti was borrowed into English as jeopardie. It came to be applied to any situation involving equal chances for success or failure. Gradually, the element of risk or danger in such a choice became the word's meaning.
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