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precarious
used in The Poisonwood Bible

4 uses
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Definition
unsafe or in danger of getting worse — especially in danger of falling
  • "The word of Christ is beloved!" he cries, standing up precariously in his boat.
    Book 1 — Genesis (84% in)
  • His punishment is the Word, and his deficiencies are failures of words—as when he grows impatient with translation and strikes out precariously on his own, telling parables in his wildly half-baked Kikongo.
    Book 3 — Judges (18% in)
  • As we all bobbed precariously on the mountain of bananas, I just stared at Mother and Adah, trying to memorize what remained of my family.
    Book 5 — Exodus (12% in)
  • Tata Bidibidi, with his kind, pretty wife and their precarious boat dispensing milk powder and quinine and love to children along the river.
    Book 5 — Exodus (32% in)

There are no more uses of "precarious" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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