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Hang by a Thread (To)

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To be in a very precarious position. The allusion is to the sword of Damŏclēs. (See Damoclesʹ Sword.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Handkerchief and Sword
Handle
Handsome = liberal
Handwriting on the Wall (The)
Handycuffs
Hang Back (To)
Hang Fire (To)
Hang On (To)
Hang Out
Hangdog Look (A)
Hang by a Thread (To)
Hang in the Bell Ropes (To)
Hanged or Strangled
Hanged, Drawn, and Quartered
Hanger (A)
Hanging
Hanging Gale (The)
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Hangman’s Acre, Gains, and Gain’s Alley (London)
Hangman’s Wages
Hangmen and Executioners