Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

In a dangerous situation



in danger of being harmed, damaged, attacked, or infected because you do not have suitable protection



a thing, person, or place that is vulnerable is easy to attack

at risk

in a situation in which something unpleasant or dangerous could happen to you



not protected from attack

under threat

likely to be harmed or damaged

at the mercy of

in a situation that is controlled by someone or something with the power to harm you



not guarded or watched



capable of being lost or taken from you at any time

playing with fire

doing something dangerous or risky that could cause lots of problems for you

in harm’s way

in a dangerous situation

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog