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    Question hang by a thread

    What does " hang by a thred" mean ?

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    Re: hang by a thread

    Quote Originally Posted by dinha View Post
    What does " hang by a thred" mean ?

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    It means that something is in jeopardy, a thread being a very weak supporting device.

    John's job is hanging by a thread.

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    Re: hang by a thread

    It originates from mythology when Dionysius, in order to show the precariousness of rank and power, gave a banquet and had a sword suspended above the head of Damocles by a single hair. Hence the expression "the sword of Damocles" to mean an ever-present peril. Thus the expression 'hanging by a thread'

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