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on one's beam ends


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  • "On beam ends" originally meant that a vessel was literally on its side and in danger of capsizing; later, it meant the vessel was listing 45 degrees or more. To be on one's beam ends is to be in a position of extreme danger or of helplessness.

    December 3, 2007