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  • adv. In a precarious manner; dangerously

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a precarious manner; dependently; hence, with risk of detriment, alteration, failure, total loss, or removal.

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  • adv. in a precarious manner


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precarious +‎ -ly


  • A lone figure swung precariously from the side of a sky-scraping tower, painfully inching his way up a rope.

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  • Although many trees have been removed from homes and businesses, others remain precariously poised to fall.

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  • The lighting setup was four ceiling lights (two warm white incandescent and two daylight energy saving) with one fluorescent desk lamp for right-side illumination and a large halogen standing lamp (titled precariously and propped up by random furniture) at 45 deg which was the illumination source from the left and also the brightest of the lot.

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  • Much of it had been stored, quite precariously, in plastic jugs at three separate warehouses in Tripoli suburbs.

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  • The tide is going out and there are plenty of rocks to turn over, and after only 10 minutes, the youngest, precariously balanced on a boulder near the jetty, calls us over excitedly.

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  • A weathered brown house hangs precariously out over a creek, an enormous chunk of soil underneath chewed away by floodwaters.

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  • Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal A crew member precariously stands on top of a ladder to adjust lights before Charlotte Ronson's Fall 2011.

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  • He rowed back to the island and loaded the boat which was now precariously low in the water.

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  • We see him Wells airily discarding, or melting down, all those props and guard rails on which the population of this crowded and precariously conditioned island have been accustomed to rely...

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