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on thin ice

In a dangerous, hazardous, or delicate situation; at risk.

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  • Suggesting a person skating or walking on the ice, at risk of breaking through and falling in the water.
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Ever since he was caught stealing office supplies, he has been on thin ice with his boss.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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