risky business


: a situation or activity that involves the possibility of being hurt
Love is a risky business.

Examples of risky business in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Relying on others for security is a risky business, particularly when, as in the European Union, member states have widely different conceptions of the nature of the threats confronting them. Anand Menon, Foreign Affairs, 10 Dec. 2013 Winkle’s later-life career change, a story dramatic in its details of risky business, sudden riches and an inauspicious demise, is just one colorful thread in the vast tapestry of the California marijuana black market that supplies much of America with high-grade, illicit pot. Peter Hecht, Sacramento Bee, 21 Feb. 2024 Well, as the Doctor knows all too well, traveling back in time can be a risky business. Clark Collis, EW.com, 8 Sep. 2023 Breaking a strand of DNA in people is a risky business: If Cas cuts in the wrong place or the repair process goes wrong, the therapy could change the genome in a way that triggers cancer. Amber Dance, Discover Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 And while allowing kids to have free reign can be risky business, Jessi assures it's been more helpful than harmful. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 Plumbing the marketplace in one object is risky business, but the Tale of the Tall Clock is telling. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 27 Jan. 2024 But the crypto world remains filled with companies that engage in risky business practices and don’t offer much transparency about their experimental products. David Yaffe-Bellany, New York Times, 11 Dec. 2023 But deep-sea mining is considered a risky business not just because of environmental concerns. Morgan Meaker, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2024

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“Risky business.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/risky%20business. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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