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out on a limb

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Definition


To take a risk or wild guess.

Context : Relationships
Category: Idiom, Rhetorical Question, Sarcasm
Semantic: risk

This phrase is often used sarcastically.

Usage of “out on a limb”

  1. I'm going to go out on a limb here, I think your "friend" you have been telling me about is actually you. (sarcasm)

  2. I went out on a limb and risked my life savings for you and this is how you repay me? (anger)

Examples of idiom “out on a limb” from Twitter
  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'alexjon'
    alexjon:

    Going out on a limb here, but it feels like Portland is careening toward full-on riot mode.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'BizWerkerJulia'
    BizWerkerJulia:

    going out on a limb and say that perhaps Blogtalkradio may not be medium for telling the track leaders their roles #truusa #justsayin

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'cbitton'
    cbitton:

    Going out on a limb and suggesting that Google Buzz is the biggest flop of 2010.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'KizzyandScoot'
    KizzyandScoot:

    “Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” -Frank Scully #quote

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'REALTomBaginski'
    REALTomBaginski:

    Going out on a limb here...Tiger will be trending in about 12 hours.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'Splarr'
    Splarr:

    That's it I'm going out on a limb here folks, I'm putting $5 on #Richmond this sat to beat Sydney at the SCG, don't let me down boys

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'rshortman'
    rshortman:

    I'm gonna go out on a limb and says there's not much difference between republicans and democrats.

  • Default avatar for Twitter user 'ShitPeopleSay2U'
    ShitPeopleSay2U:

    My head hurts. I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's because of @souljaboytellem 's song that just came on the radio. #SupermanDatHo