at risk

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at risk

  1. In danger, as in Their house's location on the San Andreas Fault puts them at risk in the next major earthquake. [c. 1900]

  2. Legally responsible to pay for loss or damage, as in If he can't keep up with the insurance premiums, he is at risk for any liability claims on the property. [Late 1700s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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