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- Fraught with danger.
- Of uncertain, risky outcome.
- 2012, Jonathan Deutsch, Natalya Murakhver, editors, They Eat That?: A Cultural Encyclopedia of Weird and Exotic Food from Around the World, page 161:
- Devouring the flesh of animals killed on roadways can be a bit dicey.
- Of doubtful or uncertain efficacy, provenance, etc.; dodgy.
- 1992, Vincent O'Sullivan, “The Witness Man”, in Palms and Minarets: Selected Stories, page 95:
- As if I'm not a bit past that, Clem thought, as if with his dicey ticker and all he shouldn′t be taking life pretty quietly, instead of waking with the old memoroes disturbing him.
- 2011, Jay Baer, Amber Naslund, The NOW Revolution: 7 Shifts to Make Your Business Faster, Smarter and More Social, page xv:
- If you were in the business of selling dicey meat, the invention of the telephone rocked your world.
- (slang) Nauseating, rank.
- 2011, Keemholems Ojei, The Narcodollar Chieftains: The Narcotics Godfathers, page 101:
- Some more birds were scared off by the dicey smell. The man was dying gradually.
fraught with danger
of uncertain, risky outcome