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Friday, October 13, 2006

DANGER

danger |ˈdānjər| noun the possibility of suffering harm or injury : his life was in danger. • a person or thing that is likely to cause harm or injury : infertile soils where drought is a danger. • the possibility of something unwelcome or unpleasant : there was no danger of the champagne running out. • Brit. the status of a railroad signal indicating that the line is not clear and that a train should not proceed. PHRASES in danger of likely to incur or to suffer from : the animal is in danger of extinction. out of danger (of a person who has suffered a serious injury or illness) not expected to die. ORIGIN Middle English : from Old French dangier, based on Latin dominus ‘lord.’ The original sense was [jurisdiction or power,] specifically [power to harm,] hence the current meaning [liability to be harmed.]

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