Hang By A Thread – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS Speaking

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Hang By A Thread – Idiom Of The Day For IELTS Speaking

Definition: If a serious situation hangs by a thread, it means that even a slight change can decide what will happen and that a bad result such as death, failure, etc. is likely


  • Henry is in critical condition. His life is hanging by a thread since the success rate of a surgery is 50-50.
  • National security has hung by the thread since the public disclosure of highly confidential documents last year.
  • She has made an allegation of corruption and sexism against the company and now her job is hanging by the thread.

Be in critical condition: very sick or injured and likely to die

Security (n): the activities involved in protecting a country, building or person against attack, danger, etc.

Success rate: the fraction or percentage of success among a number of attempts

Disclosure (n): the act of making something known or public that was previously secret or private

Confidential (a): meant to be kept secret and not told to or shared with other people

Allegation (n): a public statement that is made without giving proof, accusing somebody of doing something that is wrong or illegal

Corruption (n): dishonest or illegal behaviour, especially of people in authority

Sexism (n): the unfair treatment of people, especially women, because of their sex; the attitude that causes this


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