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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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Minkow's high-wire act merely included a collage of check kiting, loan fraud, and fictitious record-keeping activities that duped everyone from shareholders to accountants to the country's most savvy investment bankers.
Judging whose writing should be included is without question a precarious high-wire act, though critically acclaimed writers like Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Gunn Allen were shoo-ins.
I had no opportunity to explain, to defend myself, or even to ask Ernesto to explain his game, that high-wire act he'd been trying to negotiate ever since he'd made that hapless nurse the mother of an unwanted child.
Instead of performing a high-wire act with one's finances, you can take advantage of a service that is popular at almost all major brokerage firms, mutual fund companies and banks.
Miller's 'Escape Plan 2: Hades,' there's no shortage of familiar faces helping former prosecutor Ray Breslin (Sylvester) pull off another high-wire act.
A DARING high-wire act was the grand finale to the Stockton International Riverside Festival's 30th birthday programme.
It's rare a film manages to pull off such a high-wire act but the last 30 minutes seriously disappoint.
In 1962, two members of ''The Flying Wallendas'' high-wire act were killed when their seven-person pyramid collapsed during a performance at the State Fair Coliseum in Detroit.
Inset: High-wire act Jade Kindar-Martin and Didier Pasquette
Although they talk enough to qualify for radio, John Shea and Lea Thompson make the high-wire act of "The Trouble With the Truth" a convincing, moving and provocative two-hander.
It's a high-wire act in my brain all the time" - Pop star Taylor Swift.
Highlights include a heart-stopping high-wire act from Colombian father and son duo Chico and Enestor; extraordinary handto-hand acrobatics by Chinese artistes Ying and Yang; beautiful Liberty horses; and the hilarious Konyot slapstick clowns presented by Ringmaster Norman Barrett MBE.