Definition of in the balance in English:

in the balance

phrase

  • Uncertain; at a critical stage.

    ‘his survival hung in the balance for days’
    • ‘The future of cross bay walks in Morecambe Bay hangs in the balance.’
    • ‘He warned that the future of the unit now hung in the balance unless it got the go-ahead from the department.’
    • ‘In five minutes, the game had gone from hanging in the balance to having an air of predictability about it.’
    • ‘The future of the Bell Field in Luckington still hangs in the balance after a meeting of district councillors last week.’
    • ‘The warm weather of the last week has given way to colder conditions in the last two days putting the weekend prospects in the balance.’
    • ‘Eight innocent lives were in the balance and the cheques were lying in the tray of some pen-pusher.’
    • ‘Their fate, however, hangs in the balance, dependent on environmental and commercial factors.’
    • ‘Until she can be confident that the school will be financially secure in the long-term, her future is in the balance.’
    • ‘There is nothing in the article about that and again it is a legitimate criticism also to be put in the balance.’
    • ‘At half-time the game was in the balance but it was then that a number of Coolera players moved up to a higher gear.’
    uncertain, unknown, undetermined, unsettled, unresolved, unsure, pending, in limbo, in no man's land, up in the air, at a turning point, critical, at a critical stage, at a crisis
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