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glass cliff

[ glas klif ]
/ ˈglæs ˈklɪf /


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.


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Nearby words

glasphalt, glass, glass block, glass can, glass ceiling, glass cliff, glass curtain, glass cutter, glass eel, glass eye, glass fibre

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019