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But life here is precarious and has been for as long as anyone can remember. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But quite a few clubs are in a precarious position. The Sun (2016)Unions have complained that some workers have been forced to become self-employed to accept precarious jobs on low pay. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Durham's recent experience has brought home the reality of the precarious situation around the first-class game. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Turkey is quite precarious anyway,' she says. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This precarious financial position is largely because footballers are the most successful workers in the land. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The neighbourhood is looking particularly precarious as summer approaches. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The problem with tall cranes is that in stormy weather they become precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It was at this precarious moment that she entered our lives and garden. A Patchwork Garden: Unexpected Pleasures from a Country Garden (1990)We are now in a very precarious position. The Sun (2013)What a precarious existence we have had as a nation! Times, Sunday Times (2007)The situation is precarious but can be rescued. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Fast-forward to next winter and the situation looks precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Many of these people are in a precarious position. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The play does its job of reminding us just how precarious our existence is. Times, Sunday Times (2010)On the other hand the present situation is precarious. Paul VI - The First Modern Pope (1993)And their future looks more precarious when the troops go home. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Its financial position has been precarious and the recent sale of land for house building was essential to survive. Times, Sunday Times (2013)They remind you that life is precarious and your world can turn upside down from one moment to the next. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The situation was becoming increasingly precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was a very precarious life. Lost Voices of the Edwardians: 19011910 in the words of the Men & Women Who Were There (2006)The minister is usually in a precarious financial situation; funds are low and the future uncharted. Christianity Today (2000)It becomes slightly more precarious, as if you were trying to do a movie. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Some of these projects were killed by a company's precarious financial standing or poor prevailing economic conditions. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This is because Russia's economy is increasingly precarious. Times, Sunday Times (2014)But to the population in these areas it will feel increasingly precarious,' she said. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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British English: precarious ADJECTIVE
If your situation is precarious, you are not in complete control of events and might fail in what you are doing at any moment.
Our financial situation had become precarious.
Definition of precarious from the Collins English Dictionary
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