it was touch and go


it was uncertain, risky

TRANSLATION

touch and go = ungewiss, unsicher, sehr riskant --- GOOGLE INDEX touch and go: approximately 1,000,000 Google hits

STATISTICS

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touch and go
idiom

- describes an uncertain, or risky situation

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In aviation, touch and go is when an airplane approaches the runway to land, touches it at the last second and then ascends again. This procedure is practised often, particularly on naval aircraft carriers because of the risk that a jet will not catch the hook on the deck of the ship in order to land. When that happens, the pilot touches the deck with the jet and takes off again.

This risky and uncertain procedure would be a likely candidate for the origin of the expression "touch and go" were it not for the fact that it was used as far back as the middle of the 16th century in the literal sense of "to briefly touch and then move on."

The expression evolved over the centuries, taking on various meanings such as an impatient person or carelessness. By the early 19th century "touch and go" was being used in the sense of "dangerous, risky." Today, the expression is often used to describe uncertainty, such as a situation that can go either way.

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SYNONYMS

chancy, iffy, hanging by a thread, on thin ice, precarious, questionable, risky, uncertain, unknown, unsure, up for grabs

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