touch and go


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touch and go

adj
(touch-and-go when prenominal) risky or critical: a touch-and-go situation.

touch′ and go′


n.
a precarious or delicate state of affairs.
[1645–55]
touch′-and-go′, adj.
Translations
References in classic literature ?
he said, between his gasps, "that was touch and go.
This touch and go young Barnacle had 'got up' the Department in a private secretaryship, that he might be ready for any little bit of fat that came to hand; and he fully understood the Department to be a politico-diplomatic hocus pocus piece of machinery for the assistance of the nobs in keeping off the snobs.