out on a limb

out on a limb
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [out on, awn ey lim]
    • /aʊt ɒn, ɔn eɪ lɪm/
    • /ˈaʊt ɒn ə lɪm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [out on, awn ey lim]
    • /aʊt ɒn, ɔn eɪ lɪm/

Definitions of out on a limb words

  • noun out on a limb a part or member of an animal body distinct from the head and trunk, as a leg, arm, or wing: the lower limbs; artificial limbs. 1
  • noun out on a limb a large or main branch of a tree. 1
  • noun out on a limb a projecting part or member: the four limbs of a cross. 1
  • noun out on a limb a person or thing regarded as a part, member, branch, offshoot, or scion of something: a limb of the central committee. 1
  • noun out on a limb Archery. the upper or lower part of a bow. 1
  • noun out on a limb Informal. a mischievous child, imp, or young scamp. 1

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Origin of out on a limb

First appearance:

before 900
One of the 4% oldest English words
before 900; Middle English, Old English lim; akin to Old Norse lim foliage, limr limb, līmi rod, Latin līmus aslant, līmen threshold

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Parts of speech for Out on a limb


out on a limb popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for out on a limb

adj out on a limb

  • behind the eight ball — in a difficult situation; snookered
  • go for broke — a simple past tense of break.
  • gutty — Informal. showing spirit; plucky; gutsy: a gutty attempt to kick a field goal.
  • hot shot — incandescent shot fired to set enemy ships or buildings on fire.
  • impugnable — to challenge as false (another's statements, motives, etc.); cast doubt upon.

noun out on a limb

  • double-trouble — a very troublesome thing or person.
  • jeopardy — hazard or risk of or exposure to loss, harm, death, or injury: For a moment his life was in jeopardy.

adverb out on a limb

  • chancy — Something that is chancy involves a lot of risk or uncertainty.
  • dangerous — If something is dangerous, it is able or likely to hurt or harm you.
  • exposed — Make (something) visible, typically by uncovering it.
  • liable — legally responsible: You are liable for the damage caused by your action.
  • open — not closed or barred at the time, as a doorway by a door, a window by a sash, or a gateway by a gate: to leave the windows open at night.

adjective out on a limb

  • nonresistant — not able, conditioned, or constructed to withstand the effect of something, as a disease, a specific change in temperature, or harsh treatment; susceptible to damage or ill effects.

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