Definition of high wire in English:

high wire

noun

  • 1A high tightrope.

    • ‘Ahern is the country's best-known high wire act.’
    • ‘‘I'm sure we will occasionally make a mistake,’ he says, ‘but if you've got a good safety net, you can do somersaults on the high wire.’’
    • ‘She just stood there, her arms out at near shoulder level, like she was balancing on a high wire, her breath all sucked in.’
    • ‘We actually sell a 40 denier nylon tricot fabric that we sell the Las Vegas high wire acts for use as a visual fabric.’
    • ‘Loretta Bailey, especially, who tackles Maria with a flighty charm, is performing on a very high wire.’
    • ‘The girls look down from the high wire riding bicycles across the taut cable toward each other.’
    • ‘This is not a momentary wobble: at this point the acrobat has slipped off the high wire altogether and brought the show to a tragic halt.’
    • ‘He watches with benign cynicism as Charles walks the high wire.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, artistic director Rigot could not appear in his usual role of high wire artist because of an injury.’
    • ‘I think Blondin, your man who walked across Niagara Falls on a high wire 145 years ago, would have been proud of me.’
    • ‘Three tubes branch from a cantilevered I-beam like an acrobat on a high wire to support the roof at the west corner.’
    • ‘A look of doubt appears in his eyes and he is like a man on a high wire who looks down and takes fright and begins to wobble.’
    • ‘If we're talking fun, I want to see dancing zebras and high wire acts.’
    • ‘There are no second chances when walking the high wire, playing Russian roulette or competing in the Heineken Cup.’
    • ‘When he looked down from the high wire, the safety net had gone.’
    1. 1.1[as modifier] Denoting an activity requiring great skill or judgement:
      ‘the high-wire act performed daily by many mental health workers’
      • ‘Doing so he evinces the sort of suave, unflappable attitude that comes in handy when you are strolling along a high wire without a net.’
      • ‘Federal assistance provides no safety net either, as parents walk the higher education financial high wire.’
      • ‘But it is now a very high wire act and will involve not inconsiderable expense for shareholders.’
      • ‘Both were nutshells on a high wire, not getting anywhere but in the way.’
      • ‘With protocols you tend to be drawn into all-or-nothing high wire acts of perfect adherence in at least some aspects of your design.’
      • ‘For a film that starts out slowly, Red Lights spends the better part of its final hour generating more tension than a high wire act without a net.’
      • ‘He has tremendous personal charisma and he performed a high wire political act that was irresistible to the media.’
      • ‘‘I'm walking a high wire,’ confesses Brandt, when we pressed him about the consequences for fair use.’
      • ‘And as this troupe climbs the high wire of fame it aims to keep the hometown crowd happy.’
      • ‘I did other things that seemed like challenges for me because I like being on the high wire.’
      • ‘Issuing an originating process one day before the expiry of a limitation period is a risky high wire act.’
      • ‘There's too much weight on the dark side of the scales and my mind is performing an insane juggling act on a high wire with no net beneath me.’
      • ‘Walking the high wire between these two disciplines is what makes Jahn's latest work harder to classify, but more powerful.’
      • ‘‘America's reliance on foreign capital,’ he writes, ‘is a balancing act on a very high wire.’’
      • ‘Anyway, no more high wire acrobatics for me for awhile.’
      • ‘It's like working on the high wire without a net, or a leap in the dark - with a pair of scissors… and a can of gasoline.’
      • ‘But far from being ‘thoroughly entwined’, as one journalist had described them, it's clear almost from the outset their relationship was a high wire act.’
      • ‘We've been impressive while walking the high wire.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has just fallen off the high wire.’
      • ‘America's reliance on foreign capital is a balancing act on a very high wire.’

Pronunciation:

high wire

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