on a/the knife-edge


: in a dangerous or important situation in which two very different results are possible
The election results hung on a knife-edge.
a region resting on a knife-edge after several wars
living on the knife-edge of poverty

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Recent Examples on the Web That places the value of his stake on a knife-edge. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 Apr. 2024 Avery, the man who put the world’s economy on a knife-edge by plundering the flagship of Aurangzeb of India, possibly the richest person in the world, drew deeply on a pipe filled with Virginia’s finest tobacco. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 Even by the standards of the many monotonous origin stories that have been rolled out during this superhero boom, Daniel Espinosa’s film is a whiff, a half-hearted effort to create a character on a knife-edge between valor and villainy that instead ends up a portrait of a very annoying weirdo. David Sims, The Atlantic, 31 Mar. 2022 The situation is already on a knife-edge since huge Western shipments of anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles are fueling Ukraine's strong resistance and apparently causing heavy Russian casualties. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 28 Mar. 2022 But the biggest warning comes when going up the final half-mile ascent, which requires hanging onto a chain while on a knife-edge ridge. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 8 Dec. 2021 King of Boys ended on a knife-edge (spoiler alert). Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 16 Aug. 2021 Floyd's death last year triggered nationwide protests, and the Chauvin trial has left the city on a knife-edge. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, 20 Apr. 2021 The move effectively ends America’s involvement in its longest war in history, but leaves Afghanistan teetering on a knife-edge. Time, 14 Apr. 2021

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“On a/the knife-edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20a%2Fthe%20knife-edge. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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