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From Middle English jepardie, from Old French jeu parti ‎(a divided game, i.e. an even game, an even chance), from Medieval Latin iocus partītus ‎(an even chance, an alternative), from Latin iocus ‎(jest, play, game) + partītus, perfect passive participle of partiō ‎(divide); see joke and party.[1][2][3]


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jeopardy ‎(plural jeopardies)

  1. Danger of loss, harm, or failure.
    The poor condition of the vehicle put its occupants in constant jeopardy.
    • 2006, Paul Chadwick, Concrete: Killer Smile, Introduction, p.4
      It seemed to me I could do something in that vein with my characters: the ticking clock, dire jeopardy, quick changes of fortune, small acts having huge consequences.
    • 2011 January 11, Jonathan Stevenson, “West Ham 2 - 1 Birmingham”, in BBC[1]:
      When Obinna was red carded shortly after for a ridiculous kick on Larsson it seemed as though West Ham's hopes of reaching Wembley, and in turn Grant's of keeping his job, lay in serious jeopardy.


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jeopardy ‎(third-person singular simple present jeopardies, present participle jeopardying, simple past and past participle jeopardied)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To jeopardize; to endanger.


  1. ^ jeopardy” in Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ jeopardy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  3. ^ Collins English Dictionary 2009

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