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  • adv. In a perilous manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a perilous manner; dangerously; with hazard.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a dangerous manner


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  • In truth, it all comes down to the caliber and vision of company management and leadership — something media and entertainment industries have in perilously short supply.

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  • She threw Henry a look of dismissive affront, then replied very shortly, gave him her shoulder, and, with an expression perilously close to a truculent pout, all but flounced off to speak with Ambrose and Drusilla Calvin.

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  • Even if Ashley does succeed in this ambition, the most optimistic estimates gauge a takeover to be around a month away - in other words perilously close to the closure of the summer transfer window.

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  • In Turkey, she’s blindfolded, sworded, scaled, and standing on top of a snake, with her sword perilously close to the serpent’s head.

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  • At the next heave a second bullet went zipping past, perilously near.

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  • So violently had she heeled over, that the men in the cabin had been thrown on top of one another into the lee bunk, where they squirmed and twisted and were washed about, those underneath being perilously near to drowning.

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  • Though his teeth each time clipped together perilously close to the man's leg, each time he fell back to earth he had to gather himself together and run at his own top speed in order to overtake the terror-stricken man on the crazy-galloping horse.


  • He sat motionless on the windowsill, his head cocked to the side, with one unwavering eye regarding on the floor, so perilously near, the eternal enemy of all his kind.


  • Dressed in minidresses, perilously high heels, and glittery, dangling earrings, their eyes heavily shadowed in black-pearl and jade, they look like a flock of tropical birds.

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