clear and present danger


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Noun1.clear and present danger - a standard for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged; "no one has a right to shout `fire' in a crowded theater when there is no fire because such an action would pose a clear and present danger to public safety"
danger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"
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This is a clear and present danger to our peace process which needs to be tackled.
IMF deputy MD, Tao Zhang, said, 'The withdrawal of correspondent banking relationships presents a clear and present danger to the Caribbean.
It is a clear and present danger to the future of the game in Scotland.
Clear dangers to our young overlooked WHILE nobody can ignore the real terrorist threat upon us I feel it may be that we have forgotten the clear and present danger to and by our young people so clearly demonstrated this past week.
Italy represents a clear and present danger to the euro zone, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday.
MCC secretary Keith Bradshaw said: "I would be an ostrich with my head stuck in the sand if I did not realise there is a clear and present danger Lord's could lose its second Test.
He mentions nothing about Israel's right to defend herself against Palestinian suicide bombers, nor does he mention the clear and present danger of a Hamas government.