Touch and Go

In Season 1, Episode 9 of The Mentalist, ‘Flame Red’, we hear the following idiom.

The burn unit in Sacramento says it’s touch and go.

touch and go [adjective]

If something is described as “touch and go”, then the eventual safety or success of that noun is uncertain.

Sample sentences:

  • Our team was down by 6 points for most of the second half of the game. It was definitely touch and go.
  • Even a week after the U.S. election, it’s was pretty touch and go, whether Biden would win would win or not.
  • As far as saving our planet from global warming, the situation is rather touch and go, unfortunately.

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