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    touch-and-go

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    describes a situation which is uncertain:
    The doctor says that it's touch-and-go whether Mary will be okay
    Is it commonly used? If no, what expression is more frequent?
    Is it restricted to some contexts (eg. medical) ?

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    It is commonly used, and it is not restricted to any particular context.

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    Medicine, business, politics, relationships,etc; as Ron says,anywhere it's applicable.

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    His business is touch-and-go
    Governments are touch-and-go in that part of the world

    Correct?

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    As Cambridge indicated, I would apply it to a situation rather than to a business or a government. Example:
    • It was touch and go for a while whether we would make that deadline.


    Does that help?

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    So the usual pattern is "It's touch-and-go whether..." ?

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    Yes. Something like that.

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