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Go out on a limb

DEFINITION

Unpopular supposition. Wild guess. Dangerous action. Bold move. Extremely uncommon guess. Imagine crawling out on a tree limb, the further you go, the thinner and weaker the limb, so this phrase implies one is on positing a weak or untested idea. (Compare to Shaky ground, Stab in the dark, Push the envelope,  Shot in the dark or Out there.)

“I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I think you are the kind of girl that likes short men.”

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