hang by a thread

idiom

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

hang play
  1. : to fasten to some elevated point without support from below : suspend

  2. : to suspend by the neck until dead

  3. : to fasten so as to allow free motion within given limits upon a point of suspension

thread play
  1. : a filament, a group of filaments twisted together, or a filamentous length formed by spinning and twisting short textile fibers into a continuous strand

  2. : a piece of thread

  3. : any of various natural filaments

  1. : to pass a thread through the eye of (a needle)

  2. : to arrange a thread, yarn, or lead-in piece in working position for use in (a machine)

  3. : to pass something through in the manner of a thread


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