hang by a thread

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

  1. : the manner in which a thing is poised when suspended from above without support from below : the way in which a thing hangs (see 1hang)

  2. : declivity, slope

  3. : facility with or an understanding of something

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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