high-wire

adjective
\ ˈhī-ˌwī(-ə)r How to pronounce high-wire (audio) \

Definition of high-wire

1 : involving great risk a financial high-wire act
2 : daring high-wire prose

First Known Use of high-wire

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“High-wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-wire. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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