hang by a thread

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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.

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“Hang by a thread.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang%20by%20a%20thread. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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