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High Wire Act

A slang term for a highly risky venture, project, or investment. See also: Risk lover.
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In 1978, Karl Wallenda, the 73-year-old patriarch of "The Flying Wallendas'' high-wire act, fell to his death while attempting to walk a cable strung between two hotel towers in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
But, with Silver: Return To Treasure Island, Andrew Motion pulls off his high-wire act - delivering a fine work.
He and his wife, Lubov, who helps him in his high-wire act, bought a house in Sketty, Swansea.
Given the must-win attitude that prevails at Windsor, managers' 'one game at a time' dogma and the precarious high-wire act Linfield bosses must endure, Jeffrey's 10-year focus seemed ambitious.
Two women who performed a high-wire act fell off a few times and looked terrified.
League Managers Association vice-chairman Frank Clark believes Jose Mourinho's emotional high-wire act is a big part of what makes him one of the world's top managers.
Designing is a lot like a high-wire act -- if the tightrope walker is only six inches off the ground, where's the excitement?
It also takes away the high-wire act a Cal fan might have had if he was set to go to the Rose Bowl but suddenly found a need for a detour to San Diego and didn't want to sweat out a FedEx package from someone who sold them something on eBay.
Festive season fanatics in Bridgend are planning to spend pounds 50,000 on a month-long series of celebrations ranging from foreign markets to an open-air Nativity play and high-wire act with Spiderman.
The high-wire act of New Year 2000 was a breathtaking spectacle which made it on to the front page of The Times and was singled out by Culture Secretary Chris Smith.
Though Kann disdains "the blurring of the lines between news and entertainment," he is aware that in any media business, personalities -- showmanship -- are part of the product, and Bartley, a top-notch high-wire act, is among the most valuable commodities on Kann's shelf.
In the end, Fonseca's emergence on the scene, however engaging, was too closely tied to tradition to make his first solo show the high-wire act for which he has apparently been in training.