wordy wednesday: go out on a limb

Today’s idiom: go out on a limb

Meaning: taking a risk

Origin: Again, this is a phrase that has a literal meaning.  The first time this phrase was printed with the figurative meaning was in 1895 in the Steubenville Daily Herald, “We can carry the legislature like hanging out a washing. The heft of the fight will be in Hamilton country. If we get the 14 votes of Hamilton we’ve got ’em out on a limb. All we’ve got to do then is shake it or saw it off.”

Source: know your phrase.


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