from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tightrope for aerialists that is stretched very high above the ground.
  • idiom high-wire act Slang A risky job or operation.

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  • n. a tightrope very high above the ground


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  • The tension that precedes the high wire aerialists attempting for the first time the death-defying simultaneous three-person triĀ­ple somersault.

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