on the bubble

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Having qualification for an event depend on the upcoming performances of other competitors.

Etymology:

  • US, 2nd half 1900s, from Indiana motor racing.
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The Knights had been on the bubble for the tournament, but played their way in by winning their last five games.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

Additional definitions for 'on the bubble':

on the bubbleHolding the last qualifying position with qualification still in progress, and thus liable to lose that position.
on the bubbleUncertain of success.
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