gap of danger

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gap of danger (plural gaps of danger)

  1. (usually with the definite article) a breach, place which is hard to defend; a danger, requiring bravery
    • 1757, George Washington, letter to John Robinson, 17 October 1757 Letters, volume 2 (1834) page 267:
      The inhabitants see, and are convinced of this, which makes each family afraid of standing in the gap of danger; and by retreating, one behind another, they depopulate the country, and leave it to the enemy
    • 2002 Seamus Heaney, translation of Beowulf, line 1375:
      The gap of danger where the demon waits is still unknown to you.