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Definition: Perilous; lacking in stability

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Victory - By Joseph Conrad
...`` Is n't it very precarious ? "...
The Pit - By Frank Norris, Doubleday, Page & Company, J.J. Little (Firm)
...You do n't seem to realize that we are in a precarious condition . "...
Ten Thousand a Year - By Samuel Warren
...And more than that sum he had recently lost in a specu-latiin in foreign stock, besides standing in a very precarious position with respect to certain of the many speculations in which hr ....
The New Fiction - By Henry Duff Traill
...A weak Liberal Government, undermined by Socialist rebellion, had lasted a short time, to be followed by an equally precarious Tory Ministry, in which Lord Maxwell--after an absence of four years or so--returned to his party only to break it up ....
Prose Works - By Walter Scott
...If the spring months chance to be moist, the trees then planted will succeed well, but the practice must be regarded as precarious ....
The little regiment, and other episodes of the American civil war - By Stephen Crane
...To their minds, infantry and artillery were in a most precarious jumble in the streets of the town; but they did not grow nervous over it, for they were used to having the army appear in a precarious jumble to their minds ....
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - By Mark Twain, John Falter
...Huck felt that a silence was going to ensue--a thing still more awful than any amount of murderous talk; so he held his breath and stepped gingerly back; planted his foot carefully and firmly, after balancing, one-legged, in a precarious way and almost toppling over, first on one side and then on the other ....
Treasure Island - By Robert Louis Stevenson
...Writing for serial publicatipn in haste is a somewhat precarious occupation ....
Wuthering Heights - By Emily Bront
...For the present, it is true, we were reduced to the narrow income of the curacy; but my father seemed to think there was no necessity for scrupulously restricting our expenditure to that; so, with a standing bill at Mr. Jackson 's, another at Smith 's, and a third at Hobson 's, we got along even more comfortably than before, though my mother affirmed we had better keep within bounds, for our prospects of wealth were but precarious after all, and if my father would only trust everything to her management, he should never feel himself stinted; but he, for once, was incorrigible ....
The Age of Innocence - By Edith Wharton
...The heavy carpets, the watch ' ful servants, the perpetually reminding tick of disciplined clocks, the perpetually renewed stack of cards and invitations on the hall table, the whole chain of tyrannical trifles binding one hour to the next, and each member of the household to all the others, made any less syste ' matised and affluent existence seem unreal and precarious ....
The count of Monte-Cristo - By Alexandre Dumas
...I remember well that the slaves, convinced of the precarious tenure on which they held their lives, passed whole days and nights in praying, crying, and groanmg ....
War and Peace - By Leo Tolstoy
...The count, more taken up than ever with the precarious state of his affairs, found himself driven to extreme measures : to sell one of his properties and his house at Moscow; he ought to have gone himself to attend to these transactions, but the feeble state of his wife 's health delayed their departure from day to day ....
The Age of Innocence - By Edith Wharton, Philip M. Parker
...The heavy carpets, the watchful servants, the perpetually reminding tick of disciplined clocks, the perpetually renewed stack of cards and invitations on the hall table, the whole chain of tyrannical trifles binding one hour to the next, and each member of the household to all the others, made any less syste-Inatised and affluent existence seem unreal and precarious ....