Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - touch-and-go


very uncertain or critical with a possible negative outcome


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - touch-and-go

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  How is your dad doing?

Friend 2:  He is undergoing triple-bypass surgery as we speak.

Friend 1:  What do the doctors say?

Friend 2:  The doctors tell me that due to the severity of my father's heart attack and his advanced age that the outcome is touch-and-go.

Friend 1:  Your father might die? That's terrible. I am so sorry.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - touch-and-go

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Are we going to be ready before the deadline?

Colleague 2:  There are a lot of factors that could tip the balance between success and failure. It is really hard to say if we will be ready on time.

Colleague 1Touch-and-go situations can be used to encourage teammates to work hard and rise to the challenge.

Colleague 2:  Good idea. I really don't want to think of the consequences if we don't meet the deadline.

touch-and-go - Usage:


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touch-and-go - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for touch-and-go.

touch-and-go - Examples:

1)  So far the consumer has continued to spend this summer but it's still touch-and-go on the prospect of a recession.

2)  It was touch-and-go when the hepatitis C returned after his second liver transplant.

3)  People can't believe it when they see Jonathan. It really was touch-and-go but here he is, sitting next to me.

4)  Right up until the last moment it was touch-and-go whether it would all go ahead.

5)  ... went from a predicted comfortable margin of victory a few months ago to a potentially touch-and-go result on Thursday.

6)  Those butterflies now have bred despite a touch-and-go situation, thanks to a sudden shift to cooler temperatures.

7)  He has no chance of playing in the next game and it's touch-and-go as to whether he will play any further part.

8)  Morgan was rushed into the emergency room for urgent care. Despite her situation being touch-and-go? she was discharged from the ICU and has made a full recovery.

9)  ... admitted that he was touch-and-go whether he would play after picking up an injury.

10)  But there was a nine-month period where there were some touch-and-go moments, where his family thought he would die. 

11)  ... is thought to consider his likely availability as being touch-and-go as he weighs up short and longer-term targets.

12)  ... exposing the document and making the statement without legal advice - it's definitely a touch-and-go case and he is just pushing the envelope.

13)  ... can still keep a cool head and exercise restraint even in the face of the touch-and-go situation.

14)  I was really lucky to have made it through. It was pretty much touch-and-go for a while.

15)  ... but it's a touch-and-go situation now if that will stay on schedule.

16)  ... was created more haphazardly, no empire ever owed its existence to more fortuitous, touch-and-go victories, than the British.

17)  After the birth, each day was touch-and-go for Toby.

18)  The medical staff fought a tremendous battle to save her life. It was touch-and-go for a long time.

19)  I think it's touch-and-go. It's hard to say if SIA will succeed in its takeover bid.

20)  Displays of fireworks may be touch-and-go due to the low cloud and fog.