Many start-ups are finding themselves locked in boardroom dramas as they navigate the tricky tightrope between how much to cut and how much to grow.
In the latest feud, Tokyo and Beijing are sparring over the suicide of a Japanese diplomat in Shanghai in 2004.
U.S. Democratic presidential hopefuls debated in Las Vegas, targeting front-runner Hillary Clinton and sparring over health care, immigration, war and trade.
As part of Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner's plan to lend as much as $1 trillion to private investors to help them buy toxic assets from our nation's banks, the F.D.I.C. will be insuring 85 percent of the debt shelled out by the government -- essentially adding more risk, not less, in an effort to stabilize the system.
Much of the risk is being borne by the F.D.I.C. itself, which Mr. Sorkin says is using a unique -- some might call it plain wrong -- reading of its own rule book to accomplish this high-wire act.
As a Turkish citizen who heads that country’s small Christian minority, Patriarch Bartholomew is used to tightropes; and this time his footwork was exceptionally delicate.
a tightly stretched wire or rope fixed high above the ground, which skilled people walk across, especially in order to entertain others:
One of the acrobats who walked the tightrope at the circus did it blindfolded.
walk/tread a tightrope
If you walk/tread a tightrope, you have to deal with a difficult situation, especially one involving making a decision between two opposing plans of action:
Many manufacturers have to walk a tightrope between pricing their goods too high and not selling them, and pricing them low and losing money.
footwork Noun [U]
the way in which the feet are used in sports or dancing, especially when it is skilful:
And that's a marvellous bit of footwork there from Ponti as he takes the ball from Garcia.
1. The main tent of a circus, as in The high-wire act is almost always in the big top. [c. 1840]
2. Underworld slang for a maximum-security prison, as in He was sentenced to ten years in the big top. [1950s]
A tightrope for aerialists that is stretched very high above the ground.
high-wire act Slang.
- A risky job or operation.
spar (FIGHT) Show phonetics
verb [I] -rr-
1 to practise boxing, without hitting hard
2 to argue:
Frank and Jill always spar with each other at meetings, but they're good friends really.
(from Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
━━ vi. （-rr-） 【ボクシング】こぶしで打合う, スパーリングする ((with)); （ニワトリが）けり合う; 口論する ((with)).
━━ n. 拳闘; 闘鶏; 口論.
spar・ring ━━ n. スパーリング.
sparring partner （ボクサーの）練習相手; （仲のいい）議論相手.