English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Safety - Danger
|batten down the hatches||
When you batten down the hatches,
you prepare yourself for danger or a
forthcoming difficult period, like a ship
preparing for a storm.
Here comes that trouble-making guy. Batten down the hatches!
A calculated risk is a risk taken
with full knowledge of the dangers involved.
The company took a calculated risk when they hired Sean straight out of college.
|throw caution to the wind||If you throw
caution to the wind, you start taking
risks and stop worrying about the danger
I decided to throw caution to the wind and invest in my best friend's new company.
|close shave||This term describes
a situation where an accident or a disaster
I almost hit the child who ran out in front of my car. It was a close shave.
|coast is clear||To say that the coast is clear
means that there is no danger in sight or
that nobody can see you.
OK. The dog has gone inside. The coast is clear.
|cry wolf||To cry wolf
is to call for help when you are not really
As a result, nobody believes you when you really need help.
There's Mary screaming again! Does she really have a problem or is she just crying wolf again?
|dice with death||If you put your life at risk by doing
something very dangerous, you dice with
Going mountain-climbing alone is dicing with death.
|dicey situation||Any situation that is potentially risky
or dangerous is called a dicey
The politician put himself in a dicey situation by getting involved with an intern.
|false move||In a dangerous or risky situation, if
you make a false move, you
do something which may have unpleasant consequences.
He is under close surveillance. If he makes one false move he'll be arrested.
|fraught with danger||An activity or situation that is fraught
is full of risks or serious
His journey across the mountains was fraught with danger.
|by a hair's breadth||If you avoid or miss something by a
hair's breadth, you only just manage to
escape from a danger.
A slate fell off the roof and missed the child by a hair's breadth.
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