ENGLISH TIPS – To walk a tightrope
“In the beginning you must subject yourself to the influence of nature. You must be able to walk firmly on the ground before you start walking a tightrope.”
Henri Matisse (1869-1954): Artist regarded as the most important French Painter and Artist of the 20th century.
This idiom originated with acrobats who perform dangerous acts on tightropes. When someone walks a tightrope he’s in an awkward or hazardous situation where he cannot afford to make mistake.
Philippe Petit walking on a steel cable between the Twin Towers in 1974
“Fred felt like he was walking a tightrope and that the worst could happen if he made the wrong move.”
“I’ve been walking a tightrope all day. I need to relax. Our business is about to fail. We’ve been walking a tightrope for three months.”