Definition of on thin ice in US English:

on thin ice

phrase

  • In a precarious or risky situation.

    ‘you're skating on thin ice’
    • ‘The young bachelor was treading on thin ice after showing up two and a half hours late.’
    • ‘His reign has been very controversial and he is on thin ice already.’
    • ‘Lea knew for some time she was on thin ice but that didn't seem to stop her.’
    • ‘The agencies are putting GM and Ford on thin ice with ratings just barely above junk bond status.’
    • ‘He is on thin ice here, but he is smart enough, and gutsy enough to get away with it.’
    • ‘As far as her film career goes, Courtney is skating on thin ice.’
    • ‘Developers who want to build 71 houses on the site of Altrincham Ice Rink could be skating on thin ice.’
    • ‘Like the rest of the field, Woods was swinging on thin ice, knowing that the slightest false step or slice of misfortune would draw blood.’
    • ‘When you deal with this subject you skate on thin ice.’
    • ‘I'm already treading on thin ice because of my out-spokenness.’