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"The lymmes of generacion were shewed manyfestly." [Caxton, "The subtyl historyes and fables of Esope, Auyan, Alfonce, and Poge," 1484]Hence, limb-lifter "fornicator" (1570s). To go out on a limb in figurative sense is from 1897. Life and limb in ref. to the body inclusively is from c.1200.
One of the paired jointed extremities of the body; an arm or a leg.
A segment of such a jointed structure.
In a very vulnerable position; exposed; in peril: The announcement put the Mayor out on a limb (1841+)Related Terms