to go out on a limb

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - go out on a limb

"to go out on a limb"

to express an opinion or do something that is very different, which will isolate or put you at a disadvantage


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go out on a limb

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I'm going to take a risk at the staff meeting and suggest that staff morale would improve if we instituted a casual Friday policy.

Colleague 2:  Are you sure you want to go out on a limb like that?

Colleague 1:  Why not?

Colleague 2:  Management may not approve of you stirring up the staff like that.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go out on a limb

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How's your new job going?

Friend 2:  I quit already.

Friend 1:  That's not good. I went out on a limb for you and recommended you to my boss. Now I'm going to be in trouble.

Friend 2:  Sorry.

to go out on a limb - Usage:


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to go out on a limb - Gerund Form:

Going out on a limb means risking the ridicule of your peers.

to go out on a limb - Examples:

1)  If I had to go out on a limb, I'd project that September's jobs report will show a more-than-decent gain ...

2)  I'll go out on a limb (and Ron can bat me down) and say that in the end we ...

3)  I am going to go out on a limb and attribute this definition of insanity to AA somewhere between 1935 and 1951.

4)  I going to go out on a limb here and state that I don't believe they are going to fail.

5)  I will go out on a limb here and state that the LHC could conceivably produce some of the most important scientific ...

6)  I admire Fred for going out on a limb and starting the stadium process knowing it would be a controversial topic in the city ...

7)  So going out on a limb here, I think men have an easier time prioritizing a high-priced tech purchase over ...

8)  "I felt like I was going out on a limb," admits Garbus, "I was doing something that I hadn't done ...

9)  I'm not going out on a limb by stating that Turner is one of Canada's most criminally underrated talents.

10)  If someone asks you out they're really going out on a limb, whereas in America it happens all the time.

11)  ... and who actually went out on a limb by picking causes like AIDS charities when the rest of them were playing it safe ...

12)  ... dangerous position; in a position that is risky - He went out on a limb to start his business.

13)  We just invested in ourselves -- we went out on a limb, and spent money making a record.

14)  Ferguson went out on a limb for the striker but feels the 26-year-old has failed to repay the loyalty and commitment ...

15)  ... was the last time your manager reversed a descision that he/she went out on a limb for (against advice of others) in the first place?

16)  Men who have gone out on a limb to ask a woman out want a clear-cut answer. 

17)  During that episode Matt had gone out on a limb to help a man who had been injured and get him back to safety.

18)  According to Debka, Saudi Arabia has gone out on a limb against the Obama administration to place itself at the forefront of an independent Gulf campaign.

19)  ... in these New Age theories. Especially the ones who have gone out on a limb promulgating them in public.

20)  Like an out of control DA who has gone out on a limb because of an informant and finds themselves backing a liar are now out to prove ...