- 危在旦夕 [wēi zài dàn xī]
- on the verge of death or destruction; at death's door; be at the last gasp; be in deadly danger; be not worth a day's purchase; be now a mere question of hours; Danger may come any day [time].; Death is expected at any moment.; in imminent danger; One may die in the morning or at night.; The danger lies between morning and evening -- death is imminent.
For the first few moments, confronted by an Iraqi colonel who had his soldiers loot our vehicle in front of us, it seemed as if our lives hung by a precarious thread.
The life of the sick man is at stake.