One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Only with difficulty.‘the prime minister clung on to power by his fingertips’
- ‘We hear constantly from our members about faithful Catholics who are embarrassed to call themselves Catholics, who are hanging onto their membership by their fingertips, or who have actually left the Church.’
- ‘United's defence then had to endure a nail-biting few minutes, but hung on by their fingertips.’
- ‘The current coach is clinging on by his fingertips, and last weekend's Murrayfield defeat was expected, even by most fervent Welsh supporters.’
- ‘All this would be enough to leave him hanging by his fingertips.’
- ‘So I feel like I'm hanging on in there by my fingertips.’
- ‘Carter had to cling by his fingertips to victories in Ohio and Mississippi to claim the presidency.’
- ‘Raith were clinging on by their fingertips at the end and home scorer Sheerin earned his pay packet with a series of superb close - calls.’
- ‘The margin was about right in the end and the two late Welsh tries that came too late to affect the outcome were merited as Scotland spent long periods of the second half hanging on by their fingertips.’
- ‘Spring himself was badly rattled by the experience of the all-night recount which saw him hang on by his fingertips.’
- ‘In fact, most of them are clinging on by their fingertips to existence.’
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