precipice

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GRE

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Banks

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Civil Services

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Meaning(s)

A steep edge

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precipice - edge

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The word ‘precipice’ can be used either literally or figuratively. Literally, it is a very steep rock face or overhanging place, such as the edge of a mountain where to fall would mean certain death. For that reason, it is extremely hazardous. Figuratively, therefore, this sense of being on the edge is used to express a dangerous situation where somebody or something is on the verge of disaster or failure.

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Synonyms ledge
Antonyms plateau,slope,unchallenging

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  1. I walked to the top of the cliff face and peered over the precipice to the sea 400 feet below. It was terrifying!

  2. We’re on a financial precipice at the moment. If the markets don’t turn in our favour soon we will lose everything.

  3. Tim believes that society is teetering on the edge of a precipice, which is why the upcoming elections are so important.

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