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out on a limb

Definition of out on a limb

  1. :  in or into a risky or dangerous position or situation <She went out on a limb to help you.> <If you try to oppose the boss yourself, you're likely to get caught out on a limb.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. :  one of the projecting paired appendages (as wings) of an animal body used especially for movement and grasping but sometimes modified into sensory or sexual organs

    :  a leg or arm of a human being

    :  a large primary branch of a tree

  1. :  dismember

    :  to cut off the limbs of (a felled tree)

  1. :  the outer edge of the apparent disk of a celestial body

    :  the expanded portion of an organ or structure

    :  the upper spreading portion of a corolla (as of the phlox) whose lower part consists of a tube of fused petals

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