hang by a thread
Definition of hang by a thread
: to be in a very dangerous situation or state : to be very close to death, failure, etc. The patient's life was hanging by a thread.
Word by Word Definitions
: to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend
: to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension
: to adjust the hem of (a skirt) so as to hang evenly and at a proper height
: a filament, a group of filaments twisted together, or a filamentous length formed by spinning and twisting short textile fibers into a continuous strand
: a piece of thread
: any of various natural filaments
: to pass a thread through the eye of (a needle)
: to arrange a thread, yarn, or lead-in piece in working position for use in (a machine)
: to pass something through in the manner of a thread
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