out on a limb

Idiom Definition

"out on a limb"

in a risky or dangerous situation

Idiom Definition - out on a limb


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - out on a limb

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How is your proposal for a radical new plan for a marketing strategy coming along?

Colleague 2:  I'm almost finished.

Colleague 1:  When are you going to present it to the boss?

Colleague 2:  I'm not sure.  The plan is so radical that I'm not sure I want to go out on a limb with it.

Colleague 1:  Yes, pitching such a radical plan to the boss is very risky.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - out on a limb

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How's Bill doing with his patio installation?

Friend 2:  He keeps telling his wife that everything is fine and that he will be finished the patio soon.

Friend 1:  But?

Friend 2:  But, Bill has no idea what he's doing and he just keeps getting into more and more trouble and the job is costing more and more money.

Friend 1:  I guess he's way out on a limb with his wife then.

Friend 2:  Yes, Bill's going to be in a lot of trouble when his wife finds out.

out on a limb - Usage:


out on a limb - Gerund Form:

Going out on a limb and exposing your feelings requires courage.

out on a limb - Examples:

1)  I'm going to out on a limb and say this song has a stalker feel to it.

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

3)  But a lot of us feel like just as we went out on a limb and supported Bill Clinton in 1992, we are as attracted to Barack Obama.

4)  But by this time, they are, indeed, miles out on a limb with no scriptural support whatever!

5)  This is very speculative; I'm really going out on a limb here, because it's something I know nothing about whatsoever.

6)  I'm going out on a limb and predicting that they'll make it through this year without a major problem.

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

8)  It's claimed 32 lives so far. We'll go out on a limb and call this drug-related.

9)  He got caught out on a limb at Stalingrad because he was reaching for the oil fields to the South.

10)  I'm nonetheless going out on a limb and guessing that science will never, ever answer what I call " The Question".

11)  It's going out on a limb to teach children to tap their right brain, it seems to me.

12)  In short, he goes way, *way* out on a limb, and flatly predicts that human minds and bodies will have largely combined and integrated in the not too distant future.

13)  Don't be afraid to put yourself out on a limb and speak to random people, you'll find they are just as nervous!

14)  Going out on a limb is great if you're right.

15)  I'll go out on a limb and suggest that Ann Coulter is decidedly not a princess.

16)  I would be willing to go out on a limb and say most accidental pregnancies happen for similar reasons.

17)  We can even go out on a limb and point to the kinds of evidence that would convince us we were mistaken.

18)  I'm no architect, but I'll go out on a limb here and say that the old Prentice Hospital isn't the Parthenon.

19)  I'm going to go out on a limb here and declare that Facebook is the most intense website in the world.

20)  Most brand positions when done correctly puts a brand out on a limb. The differentiation is clear and often intimidating to a competitor.