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- (His presence was) a foreboding, or dismal signal, like drawn blinds —Elizabeth Taylor
- Dangerous as a gift from an enemy —Anon
A twist on the Danish proverb “Gifts from enemies are dangerous.”
- Dangerous as cocaine —Pietro Mascagni
The danger being described is modern music.
- (I feel so many) dangers gathering round, like shadows —Davis Grubb
- Feel as though I’m dancing on a volcano —Rita Mae Brown
- Felt as if they were about to dive onto a postage stamp from the top of the Eiffel Tower —Fred Taylor
- (One’s life) hangs perilously in danger, like ripe fruit on a thin branch —Stephen Longstreet
- Hazardous as sand traps for golfers —Anon
- It [the need to risk] was like statistics or gambling; you had to compute probabilities —Mary McCarthy
In her novel, A Charmed Life, McCarthy expands on her simile with this sentence: “And there was always the unforeseen, the little thing you overlooked that would catch you up in the end.”
- The menace (of insanity) is like a warder, restricting my freedom of mind —Richard Maynard
- (His) menaces … idle as the wind —W. S. Gilbert
- Menacing as a fury —Natascha Wodin
- Ominous and dark as the hour before a storm —Gerald Kersh
- Ominous, like waves in a gathering mid-Atlantic storm —Anon
- Rode precariously, like high-wire artists —Ross Macdonald
- Safe as a cow in a stockyard —Anon
- Safe as a mouse in cheese —John Ray’s Proverbs
- The safe earth … grew narrow as a grave —Phyllis Bottome
- There was a feeling like a concussion in the air —Eudora Welty
- This faint shadow [of danger] lay upon his life … as discreetly as the shadow of cancer lies among cells —Thomas McGuane
- Trying to maintain good relations with a Communist is like wooing a crocodile —Winston Churchill
beware the ides of March See SUPERSTITION.
cat ice Flimsy ground, precarious condition. Cat ice is extremely thin ice formed on shallow water which has since receded. It owes its name to the belief that it could not support even the weight of a cat. The phrase has been in use since 1884.
nourish a snake in one’s bosom To show kindness to one who proves ungrateful. The allusion is to the Aesop fable in which a farmer, finding a snake frozen stiff with cold, placed it in his bosom. The snake, thawed by the warmth, quickly revived and inflicted a fatal bite on its benefactor.
I fear me you but warm the starved snake,
Who, cherished in your breasts, will sting your hearts.
(Shakespeare, II Henry VI, III, i)
snake in the grass A sneak, dastard, skulker; a suspicious, treacherous, or disingenuous person; a traitor or craven; any lurking danger. This expression is derived from a line in Virgil’s Third Eclogue (approx. 40 B.c.), Latet anguis in herba ‘a snake lurks in the grass,’ alluding to the potential danger posed by a poisonous snake that is hidden in the grass as if in ambush.
There is a snake in the grass and the design is mischievous. (Thomas Hearne, Remarks and Collections, 1709)
sword of Damocles The threat of impending danger or doom; also Damocles’ sword.
Little do directors and their companies know of this sword of Damocles that hangs over them. (Law Times, 1892)
The allusion is to the sycophant Damocles, invited by Dionysius of Syracuse to a lavish banquet. But Damocles could not enjoy the sumptuous feast because Dionysius had had suspended over his head a sword hanging by a single hair. He dared not move lest the sword fall and kill him. See also hang by a thread, PRECARIOUSNESS.
|Noun||1.||danger - the condition of being susceptible to harm or injury; "you are in no danger"; "there was widespread danger of disease"|
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"
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"
insecurity - the state of being subject to danger or injury
vulnerability, exposure - the state of being vulnerable or exposed; "his vulnerability to litigation"; "his exposure to ridicule"
safety - the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions; "insure the safety of the children"; "the reciprocal of safety is risk"
|2.||danger - a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"|
venture - any venturesome undertaking especially one with an uncertain outcome
chance - a risk involving danger; "you take a chance when you let her drive"
crapshoot - a risky and uncertain venture; "getting admitted to the college of your choice has become a crapshoot"
gamble - a risky act or venture
|3.||danger - a cause of pain or injury or loss; "he feared the dangers of traveling by air"|
causal agency, causal agent, cause - any entity that produces an effect or is responsible for events or results
endangerment, hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk - a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
powder keg - a potentially explosive state
|4.||danger - a dangerous place; "He moved out of danger"|
to be in danger → estar en peligro, correr peligro
to be in danger of falling → correr el peligro or riesgo de caer
there is a danger of → hay peligro or riesgo de
there was no danger that he would be discovered → no había peligro de que lo descubrieran
(to be) out of danger (gen, Med) → (estar) fuera de peligro
to be a danger to sth/sb/o.s → ser un peligro para algo/para algn/para sí mismo
"danger men at work" → ¡atención or ¡peligro obras!
"danger keep out" → ¡peligro de muerte! prohibido el acceso
danger[ˈdeɪndʒər] n → danger m
"danger!" (on sign) → "danger!"
there is a danger of → il y a un risque de
There is a danger of fire → Il y a risque d'incendie., Il y a un risque d'incendie.
there is a danger that ...
There is a danger that they will be unable to → Ils risquent de ne pas pouvoir ...
There's a danger the company won't be able to pay → La société risque de ne pas pouvoir payer.
There is a danger that people will be injured → Il risque d'y avoir des blessés.
in danger → en danger
His life is in danger → Sa vie est en danger.
You are in danger → Tu es en danger.
Don't worry, she is not in any danger
BUT Ne t'inquiète pas, elle ne risque rien.
to be in danger of doing sth → risquer de faire qch
We were in danger of missing the plane → Nous risquions de rater l'avion.
He was in danger of falling → Il risquait de tomber.
to put sb in danger → mettre qn en danger
to put sb's life in danger → mettre la vie de qn en danger
out of danger → hors de danger
to be a danger to sb [thing] → être dangereux/euse pour qn
to be a danger to the public
This man is a danger to the public → Cet homme est dangereux.
to be a danger to sth → être dangereux/euse pour qch
Smoking is a danger to health → Le tabac est dangereux pour la santé.danger list n
to be on the danger list → être dans un état critiquedanger money n (British) → prime f de risque
in danger → in pericolo
out of danger → fuori pericolo
to put sb's life in danger → mettere in pericolo la vita di qn
to be in danger of falling → rischiare di cadere
there was no danger that he would be caught → non c'era pericolo che lo prendessero
there is a danger of fire → c'è pericolo di incendio
"danger! men at work" → "attenzione! lavori in corso"
"danger! keep out" → "pericolo! vietato l'accesso"