glass cliff

[ glas-klif ]

  1. a situation in which a woman or minority has advanced professionally at a time when adverse circumstances or crises make it more likely for the person to fail at the job: Hired to boost sagging morale, the CEO is facing the edge of a glass cliff.

Origin of glass cliff

Coined in 2004 by Michelle K. Ryan (1948– ) and S. Alexander Haslan (1962– ), British psychologists, on the model of glass ceiling

Words Nearby glass cliff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use glass cliff in a sentence

  • Not so far behind Jim Bridger and his telescopic glass cliff, that little touch about the mile-posts.

    Down the Yellowstone | Lewis R. Freeman
  • He found this glass cliff and told about it then—and everybody said he was a liar.

    Yellowstone Nights | Herbert Quick