dangerous ground/territory


: a situation in which a person may do or say something that will have a bad result, make people angry, etc.
As the conversation turned to politics, I knew we were heading into dangerous territory.
You know you're treading on dangerous ground, don't you?

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Roydell Williams, Jam Miller, Jase McClellan and now Haynes could all make a case for touches (Young is set to join the team this summer) which creates a potentially dangerous ground game should Jalen Milroe win the starting job or Ty Simpson continues to show off his athleticism. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 16 Apr. 2023 Morant is treading dangerous ground with his antics, which seem perplexing to those who’ve closely followed his story. Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 7 Mar. 2023 The Harry Potter star, who memorably played Draco Malfoy in the blockbuster film franchise, recently revealed that he once got reprimanded on set by the late Alan Rickman after accidentally treading on some dangerous ground while shooting Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 6 Oct. 2022 Trapped in the dangerous ground between Russian and Ukrainian forces, the 12 people still inside the slanted and dusty basement of Kharkiv Municipal Gymnasium No. 172, as the school is officially called, embody what the war has become for those who do not flee: a test of endurance. New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 The Ravens rank second in the league in run defense and shut down a more dangerous ground attack against the Browns, holding Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to 36 yards combined on 15 carries. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 3 Dec. 2021 The three of them climbed into the cragginess, up and up, to the lookout, to the next lookout, until the parched, dangerous ground was very far away. Sarah Braunstei, The New Yorker, 2 Aug. 2021 See More

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“Dangerous ground/territory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dangerous%20ground%2Fterritory. Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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