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Definition a very steep cliff


any dangerous situation
  • She approached and then pulled back from the precipice.
precipice = steep cliff (or other dangerous situation)
  • Their economy is teetering on a precipice.
  • precipice = edge of a very dangerous situation
  • She skied off a precipice, dropped her skis in midair, and then opened a parachute.
  • precipice = steep cliff
  • We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country—its mountains and forests, its pitfalls and precipices, its marshes and swamps.
    Tzu Sun  --  The Art of War
  • precipices = steep cliffs
  • Then suddenly, as though it had come to the top of the hill and gone over a precipice, it dropped like a stone...
    Roald Dahl  --  Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
  • precipice = cliff
  • As the ground flattened, a huge stone precipice rose up ahead of him,
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • precipice = a very steep cliff face
  • At last they were going in single file along the edge of a precipice and Shasta shuddered to think that he had done the same last night without knowing it.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • precipice = very steep cliff
  • Given the treacherous nature of the local topography (most of the cliffs that riddle the region are composed of Navajo sandstone, a crumbly stratum that erodes into smooth, bulging precipices) and Ruess's penchant for dangerous climbing, this is a credible scenario.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • precipices = steep cliffs
  • They had come, without seeing it, almost to the edge of a small precipice from which they looked down into a gorge...
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • precipice = steep cliff
  • We all wait to hear the woman jump over a precipice...
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • precipice = a very steep cliff
  • We stood rooted in place at the edge of the precipice, the four of us pressed against Jalil's arms, staring down at the snake.
    Katherine Applegate  --  Everworld - Search For Senna
  • precipice = a very steep drop
  • beyond these, a country of high mountains, dark precipices, stony valleys,
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • precipices = very steep cliffs
  • ...steep and narrow, with precipices on either side.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
  • precipices = steep cliffs
  • He took a deep breath, then walked the last fifty yards to the giant precipice and touched it.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • precipice = a very steep cliff face
  • Provide a gentle gradient instead of a cruel precipice.
  • precipice = steep cliff
  • "Everyone and everything," he'd written, "is teetering on the precipice."
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • PRAISE-SINGER Elesin, we placed the reins of the world in your hands yet you watched it plunge over the edge of the bitter precipice.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman
  • Now I can go on thinking whatever I like, and I shan't fall over a precipice or be drowned, for there he is, keeping his eye on me, she thought.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • The candles revealed the fact that it was not really a precipice, but only a steep clay hill twenty or thirty feet high.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • They camped early, close to a patch of pink-tinted pipe-clay, agreeing to explore the precipice the following morning.
    James Vance Marshall  --  Walkabout

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