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precarious
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

3 uses
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Definition
unsafe or in danger of getting worse — especially in danger of falling
  • She had perceived that the horse was not the spirited one he sometimes rose, and felt no alarm on that score, though her seat was precarious enough despite her tight hold of him.
    1 — The Maiden (92% in)
  • "Who would have expected such a rise in the river in summer-time!" said Marian, from the top of the roadside bank on which they had climbed, and were maintaining a precarious footing in the hope of creeping along its slope till they were past the pool.
    3 — The Rally (81% in)
  • Self-solicitude was near extinction in her, and in the knowledge that he had planned to depart on the morrow, possibly for always, she lay in his arms in this precarious position with a sense rather of luxury than of terror.
    5 — The Woman Pays (26% in)

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