touch and go
See also: touch-and-go
- Precarious, delicate, risky, sensitive; of uncertain outcome (by analogy with a ship in shallow water).
- His condition was touch and go for a time after the accident, but they think he will recover.
- I could sense it was touch and go whether I could get the lay.
- (nautical) To touch bottom lightly and without damage, as a vessel in motion.