touch and go

USAGE NOTE
This word may also be spelled "touch-and-go."
touch and go(
tuhch
 
ahnd
 
go
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (general)
a. nada seguro
It was touch and go whether they'd finish the project in time, but they worked nonstop and did it.No estaba nada seguro de que terminaran el proyecto a tiempo, pero trabajaron sin parar y lo hicieron.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
His health is touch and go, so he must remain in the hospital.Su salud se encuentra inestable, así que debe permanecer en el hospital.
It's a touch and go situation. Nobody knows what to do.Es una situación incierta. Nadie sabe qué hacer.
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touch-and-go [ˈtʌtʃənˈɡəʊ]
noun
it's touch-and-go whether he'll survive no se sabe si sobrevivirá; it was touch-and-go whether we'd arrive before we ran out of petrol no estaba nada seguro de que la gasolina nos fuera a dar para llegar; we made it, but it was touch-and-go lo conseguimos, pero por los pelos (informal)
it's touch-and-go whether ... it was touch and go whether we'd go bankrupt
adjective
[+decision] difícil; dudoso
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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