tightrope

tightrope

[tahyt-rohp]
noun
1.
a rope or wire cable, stretched tight, on which acrobats perform feats of balancing.
verb (used without object), tightroped, tightroping.
2.
to walk, move, or proceed on or as on a tightrope: He tightroped through enemy territory.
verb (used with object), tightroped, tightroping.
3.
to make (one's way, course, etc.) on or as on a tightrope.

Origin:
1795–1805; tight + rope

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tightrope (ˈtaɪtˌrəʊp)
 
n
1.  a rope or cable stretched taut above the ground on which acrobats walk or perform balancing feats
2.  to be in a difficult situation that demands careful and considered behaviour

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tightrope

see walk a tightrope.

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