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

Examples of high-wire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The biopic tells the story of French artist Philippe Petit's unauthorized high-wire walk between the Twin Towers in 1974, and Gordon-Levitt was lucky enough to learn from the risk-taker himself. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 The result is a madcap high-wire act of choreography and comedy. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Oct. 2023 The Bruins had taken their high-wire act to new heights while improving to 8-0. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 South American qualifying, for so long such a high-wire act, now operates with a colossal safety net. Rory Smith, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 For artists, the live entertainment industry has always been a bit of a high-wire act, but since the pandemic, it’s become more like juggling flaming torches on a unicycle, while covered in gasoline. Seth Yudof, Rolling Stone, 16 Oct. 2023 American Airlines and United both had to navigate the high-wire act of negotiating new pilots union contracts—and both did so successfully. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 22 Sep. 2023 Wide-eyed spectators wandered freely through Egyptian and Medieval Courts, delighted in high-wire circus acts, and were transported by a 4,000-piece orchestra. Yannic Rack, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 The hand-raising moment illustrated the high-wire act that is Mr. Pence’s campaign — embracing Trumpism, while distancing himself from it. Jonathan Weisman, New York Times, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of high-wire was in 1956

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“High-wire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-wire. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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