Definition of jeopardy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdʒepədi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒepərdi//
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Word OriginMiddle English iuparti, from Old French ieu parti ‘(evenly) divided game’. The term was originally used in chess and other games to denote a problem, or a position in which the chances of winning or losing were evenly balanced, hence ‘a dangerous situation’.Idioms
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in a dangerous position or situation and likely to be lost or harmed The civil war has put thousands of lives in jeopardy. The future of the school and 50 jobs are in jeopardy. Thousands of jobs could be in jeopardy. see also double jeopardy

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