Definition of danger zone in English:

danger zone


  • 1An area in which there is a high risk of harm, especially where this risk has been officially identified.

    ‘this is a danger zone where any one of us can step on a landmine’
    ‘nuclear reactors in Europe have danger zones of 800 meters in radius’
    • ‘He decides to clue himself up as how best to travel to danger zones, where genocide and death are endemic.’
    • ‘If they don't play along, they are killed by the army and if they are found in certain danger zones, they are dispatched by detonating explosive devises implanted in neckbraces.’
    • ‘Making the film was also a test for him, as he had not only spent ample time with a man likely responsible for merciless atrocities, but remained in the danger zone during the height of hostilities.’
    • ‘One of the most powerful essays details the trauma and dilemma of mothers in danger zones.’
    • ‘The danger zones can be plotted on a PDA or mobile phone.’
    • ‘Hundreds of families are camped out at the edge of the mined danger zone, waiting for the chance to go home.’
    • ‘We go into the danger zones and clear the beach, make it safe for habitation, then they send us to the next place.’
    • ‘The 6km radius of the volcano has been declared a permanent danger zone.’
    • ‘The danger zone is where children are at greatest risk of not being seen by the bus driver.’
    • ‘The very fact that people choose to live in this earthquake danger zone serves as further evidence of their sense of risk and adventure.’
    1. 1.1 A situation that is hazardous or controversial.
      ‘he's moving and he's conscious—at least for now he's out of the danger zone’
      ‘remuneration levels for individual shareholders is another potential danger zone’
      • ‘As the very model of a major general, he strutted his stuff very amusingly while never straying into pantomime danger zone.’
      • ‘Irresistibly drawn to the corporate world's danger zones, he is in perpetual motion, working for the largest and most powerful companies seven days a week, 365 days a year.’
      • ‘This may gradually drag the inflation rate out of the danger zone—particularly if companies find they can pass the recent increases in raw material prices through into consumer prices.’
      • ‘There's no obvious and immediate value in these shares at the moment, an absolute necessity for those venturing in this stock market danger zone.’
      • ‘My cholesterol level is out of the danger zone and I feel better than I have in years.’
      • ‘There are exemptions to the Federal Wiretap Act that could be applied to some honeypot configurations, but they still leave many hacker traps in a legal danger zone.’
      • ‘Those in the danger zone are individuals whose finances are extremely fine-tuned, who barely manage to meet their commitments each month.’
      • ‘The medicine can get you out of the danger zone.’
      • ‘If the side can continue to show the fighting spirit of recent weeks they have every chance of sneaking out of the danger zone.’