Definition of out on a limb in English:

out on a limb


  • 1Isolated.

    ‘Aberdeen is rather out on a limb’
    • ‘But he wasn't going out on a limb, way out on a limb, you know, without any reason.’
    • ‘Yet Eriska is so isolated, so thoroughly out on a limb, that getting there still feels like a journey to the edge of time and place.’
    • ‘So I feel rather out on a limb because I know that I have to help myself through this.’
    • ‘It left little time for anything else, rather out on a limb you might say.’
    isolated, stranded, segregated, set apart, separate, marooned, cut off
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  • 2In or into a position where one is not joined or supported by anyone else.

    ‘I wouldn't go out on a limb like this if I didn't have the data to justify it’
    • ‘And he has a gentleman who is willing to go out on a limb for him.’
    • ‘And while my dreams are never easy to analyze, I'm going to go out on a limb here and analyze what that dog represented.’
    • ‘But it's so lame it's funny, and the music is pretty cool, I will go out on a limb here and say this is a good power pop song.’
    • ‘But if a manager ever decides to go out on a limb in pursuit of an unsecured position, then you probably won't hear about it until something goes wrong.’
    • ‘I like hearing the candidates from both parties go out on a limb and proclaim their support for America, apple pie and motherhood.’
    • ‘In this instance, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that while Meryl makes some good points, she is grasping at straws.’
    • ‘As the movie came to an end, I was wondering if Payne was going to go out on a limb here and leave his central character in a worse position than at the start of the movie.’
    • ‘I'm going to go out on a limb and say I don't think the perpetrators were embittered citizens or teenage vandals.’
    • ‘We've all been tempted to push the envelope, go out on a limb, do something maybe not quite right just to put ourselves over the top.’
    • ‘I'll go out on a limb and guess there was nearly no such coverage in the US press, despite ample reason for self-criticism on our part.’
    in a precarious position, in a weak position, in a risky situation, vulnerable
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