touch-and-go

[ tuhch-uh n-goh ]
/ ˈtʌtʃ ənˈgoʊ /

adjective

risky; precarious: a touch-and-go descent down the mountain.
hasty, sketchy, or desultory.

Origin of touch-and-go

First recorded in 1805–15

Definition for touch-and-go (2 of 2)

touch and go


noun

a precarious or delicate state of affairs: It was touch and go there for a while during the operation.
quick action or movement: the touch and go of city traffic.

Origin of touch and go

First recorded in 1645–55
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British Dictionary definitions for touch-and-go

touch and go


adjective

(touch-and-go when prenominal) risky or criticala touch-and-go situation
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Culture definitions for touch-and-go

touch and go


Uncertain or precarious: “The doctors told the patient that, even though her disease was in remission, from now on it was touch and go.”

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Idioms and Phrases with touch-and-go

touch and go


Extremely uncertain or risky, as in It was touch and go after the surgery; we were not sure he'd survive it, or It was touch and go but they finally gave me a seat on the plane. This idiom implies that a mere touch may cause a calamity. [Early 1800s]

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