As close as possible to insolvency
[1970s+; fr the image of a car with ruined tires running on its rims]
- On the safe side
Avoiding danger, with a margin for error, as in Just to be on the safe side, let’s order another hundred chairs. This idiom was first recorded in 1811.
- On the same wave length
[weyv-lengkth, -length, -lenth] /ˈweɪvˌlɛŋkθ, -ˌlɛŋθ, -ˌlɛnθ/ noun 1. Physics. the distance, measured in the direction of propagation of a , between two successive points in the that are characterized by the same phase of oscillation. Idioms 2. on the same wavelength, in sympathy or rapport: We seemed to be on the same wavelength from the […]
- On the sauce
adjective phrase Drinking liquor, esp heavily: on the sauce in a charming school-boy way [1970s+; sauce, ”liquor,” is found by 1940]
[on-th uh-seen, awn-] /ˈɒn ðəˌsin, ˈɔn-/ adjective 1. being at the very place of occurrence: an on-the-scene newscast.