English Language Lessons

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Idiom of the week – Go out on a limb

Posted by englishlessons on February 1, 2012

Definition:

Put yourself in a risky position to support someone or something

Examples:

She went out on a limb to recommend this new approach.
I think he’s going out on a limb investing in this new start-up. It’s a bit risky.

Picture it:

Think of climbing a tree and then moving out on a branch or limb. The concern is whether the branch will be strong enough to support your weight. If it isn’t, the branch could break, and you would fall to the ground.

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