To go out on a limb—Culips English Podcast

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Here’s an episode about taking risks. Sooner or later, we all take a risk at work or in our personal lives. To go out on a limb and to stick your neck out can be used to talk about taking a risk. You can also put yourself in jeopardy when you take a risk. Take a risk by listening to this episode and start using these natural English expressions today.

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Maura: Now, this is an interesting expression, to go out on a limb, but there is a possible origin or a connection to trees.

Harp: Yes, because on a tree, a limb is an open, exposed branch, so it’s like one of the arms of the tree.

Maura: Exactly. And if you’re an animal who lives in trees and goes out on a limb, I mean actually goes on a limb, it’s a dangerous place to be because you’re exposed and maybe a hunter or a predator or someone who wants to get you could get you because they can see you.

Harp: Yes, definitely. Or the limb could break because it’s too weak.

Maura: Right. So that’s another danger when an animal goes out on a limb; the limb could break and the animal could fall to the ground. So going out on a limb actually is dangerous.

Expressions from this episode included in the Learning Materials:

To go out on a limb To take something into consideration
To stick your neck out Back to the drawing board
Listen up To put yourself in jeopardy
It’s been around forever Good old
To make it Asap
What’s wrong? A backup

Podcast/ Learning Materials: Culips English Podcast, Photo: photogramma1

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