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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 

SAFETY and DANGER, page 2

from:   'hang on for dear life'   to:  'on the safe side'

  • hang on for dear life
    • If you hang (or hold) on for dear life, you are in a dangerous situation and grip something firmly so as not to fall.
      "Andy took his mother on the back of his motorbike where she hung on for dear life!"

  • live to tell the tale
    • Someone who lives to tell the tale survives a terrible experience.
      "Only two members of the expedition lived to tell the tale."

  • look before you leap
    • This is something you say when advising someone to think carefully about the possible dangers before doing something.
      "Don't decide too quickly. Look before you leap!"

  • (a) no-go area
    • A no-go area is an area, particularly in a city, where it is dangerous to go.
      "Tourists have been advised to avoid parts of the city which have become no-go areas."

  • out of harm's way
    • If you put something out of harm's way, you put it in a safe place where it won't be damaged.
      "I'm going to put this glass bowl out of harm's way so that it doesn't get broken."

  • play with fire
    • People who take unnecessary risks or behave in a dangerous way are playing with fire.
      "Driving alone on isolated roads in this weather is playing with fire."

  • put your head on the block
    • If you put yourself in a dangerous situation where you risk losing your job or your reputation if things go wrong, you put your head on the block.
      "Jenny asked me to recommend her son for the job, but I'm not putting my head on the block for someone I hardly know."

  • ride it out / ride out the storm
    • If you manage to survive a dangerous or very unpleasant situation, like a ship sailing through a storm, you ride it out.
      "His business was hit by the recession but he managed to ride it out."

  • risk life and limb
    • If you risk life and limb, you are in danger of death or serious injury.
      "The roads are icy today; you'll risk life and limb if you go by car."

  • in safe hands
    • If something is in safe hands, it is being looked after by a reliable person or organisation, and is therefore at no risk.
      "I'll look after Jamie while you go shopping. Don' worry - he'll be in safe hands."

  • on the safe side
    • If you do something to be on the safe side, you do it as a precaution, to avoid any risks.
      "I think I locked the door but I'll check again to be on the safe side."

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