On the bubble

adverb phrase

In a precarious position: That could place guard Conner Henry on the bubble

[1980s+; because the bubble might burst]


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  • On the chance that

    On the possibility that, as in I came early on the chance that we might have time to chat. This phrase uses chance in the sense of “a possibility or probability for some event,” a usage dating from the late 1700s. It is sometimes put as on the off chance, meaning “on the slight but […]

  • On the defensive

    Prepared for withstanding aggression or attack, as in The debate team’s plan was to keep their opponents on the defensive, or This teacher put students on the defensive about their mistakes. [ c. 1600 ]

  • On the draw

    Related Terms slow on the draw

  • On the eve of

    Just prior to, as in On the eve of the conference the main speaker backed out. This expression uses eve, literally “the night before,” more loosely. [ Late 1700s ]

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