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Her footing on the ladder looked precarious.
  unsafe or unsure — especially in danger of falling
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precarious precariously precariousness
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  • Her footing on the ladder looked precarious.
  • a precarious political situation
  • She is in precarious health.
  • the precarious life of an undersea diver

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  • As his tunnel grew deeper and wider, and more precarious, Stanley was able to feel latches on one end of the box,
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • Three hundred yards from his hiding place he stopped where a huge dead tree leaned precariously on a smaller, living one.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • his father, prospering now, would have paid his way—for the precarious advantage of attending an older and more famous university in the East, where he was bothered by his scanty funds.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • He punctuated his speech with little "hah"s and "hum"s and archaic expressions, on top of which his penchant for modern slang teetered precariously.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "I’d like to point out that right now I’m confronting my fear of heights, precariously perched on this ledge in an attempt to impress you."
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • Yetta’s head pitched forward, then back, the battered hat sliding precariously low.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • You know that things are precarious right now.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Cassie hauled herself upright, collapsed for a moment against the car, then righted herself, balancing precariously on her wounded leg, clutching the handgun.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Against the far side of the fence, outside the enclosure, she saw a large object, leaning precariously.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • "I’ll certainly try," Bronwyn said, tottering toward the ledge with the rock balanced precariously on her hands.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • It slid easily now, and after a few more shoves I had it teetering precariously on the edge; one last nudge would be enough to send it over.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • The front porch was propped on three cinder blocks piled precariously beneath wood flooring that showed signs of rot.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • After some delay I located the pilot of an ancient Fairchild ski-plane who made his precarious living flying Barren Land trappers to their remote cabins.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • My branch leans precariously toward the ground.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The precarious fantasy crashed down around her as quickly as it had begun.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • The one lesson we can surely learn from these events is that airplanes are complex machines, operating in a precarious environment—the air—where any emergency, be it from mechanical failure, human error or weather hazard, is fraught with peril.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • On four chairs arranged before an oak desk rested still more books — which Rhonda and the pencil woman removed so the children could sit — and on the desk itself, piled in precarious, leaning towers, were even more.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • If two or three of the heavier boys could band together at one end, they could make precarious sitting for the unlucky female at the other end.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Celaena leaned back in her seat and propped her feet on the table, balancing the chair precariously on its hind legs.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • A long quill pen sat precariously behind his ear, there were ink stains all over his hands and face as well as his clothing, and he wore a pair of the thickest eyeglasses that Milo had ever seen.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • I crept precariously near the edge of the high porch, my eyes attempting to penetrate the blackness of the night.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • New restrictions made life for Jews in these areas more and more precarious.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • They were now renting the house back from the guy, but it was a precarious situation.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Though, I really shouldn’t be judging him on normalcy, especially when I’m watching him from the confines of my own, very precarious glass house.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • He hires and fires, manipulates the board of education, handles a staggering amount of money, and maintains the precarious existence of the status quo.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • We passed a few older adults pedaling away on their bikes, balancing precariously on two wheels with their briefcases or bags, their heads bent toward the sidewalk.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • But one late afternoon in June nearly brought a disastrous ending to the precarious equilibrium she had devised for herself.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He reached the base of the columns and squinted up at Coach Hedge, who was precariously perched at the feet of the Athena Parthenos, unraveling ropes and knotting a ladder.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • At the top I eased myself precariously onto the closest rafter.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • With a loud thwack! the leeches all hit the boat more or less at once, and the sailboat rocked precariously, a word which here means "in a way which almost threw Aunt Josephine and the Baudelaire youngsters to their doom."
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Wide Window
  • Our precarious balance, heretofore contained in a staid wobble, suddenly became much more erratic.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • My position was too precarious; he was already champing at the bit to send me to hoarding school.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • She moves precariously, leaning on her good arm, and Mom waits for us on the floor.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • A paper bag stuffed with empty wine bottles sits on the table, precariously close to tipping over.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • As they walked past the precarious town hall shadows, the book thief winced.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Suddenly he strikes out at a lamp that sits precariously on a crate and knocks it across the room, where it shatters against the floor.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • He was balanced on a precarious edge.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • This in itself is dangerous since the branches are becoming precariously thin even for me, but I persevere.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The life of a zoo, like the life of its inhabitants in the wild, is precarious.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • We don’t need stoplights, either, but in some places they dangle precariously over the road like they might crash down any minute.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • His situation was too precarious to allow him even time to reflect on any thought but one.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I looked up at the black girders of the huge bridge and saw a figure scamper precariously from perch to perch.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • "The word of Christ is beloved!" he cries, standing up precariously in his boat.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • My mother had to balance somewhat precariously on one hip near the edge of his hospital bed, but they managed.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • They were in a precarious position, but he would let nothing else happen until Arya was cared for.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • We crunched past the little houses perched precariously on the nearly vertical slope on both sides of us.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
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