go out on a limb

go out on a limb


  • do or say something that is different from most other people
  • get into a position where others do not support you
  • take a wild guess
  • get into a challenging or disadvantaged position to support someone
  • get into a risky situation to help someone else

Example Sentences

  1. During an analysis of the news, he went out on a limb and expressed an opinion opposite to that held by the general public.
  2. He went out on a limb trying to support his colleague’s views and, in the process, earned the ire of his boss.
  3. Considering the fact that almost everyone is against him getting that post, would you really go out on a limb and support his candidature?
  4. True to his character, he went out on a limb and expressed views that were exactly opposite to what everyone else wanted.
  5. I’m not going to go out on a limb every time and support you for your goof ups.


The phrase alludes to climbing trees and going out on a branch (limb) of it. There is a risk that the branch might break under the weight. It originated in America around the late 1800s. An early print reference can be found in the Steubenville Daily Herald in October 1895.

G 1 Thought

1 Thought

I think it’s a wonderful and very helpful page, but I just wish there were more synonyms for ‘going on out on a limb.” But, other than that this website has helped me a hell of a lot.

- My name is Doms September 19, 2019

Add your thoughts

Idiom of the Day

put your foot in it

Meaning: say something (by mistake) that upsets, humiliates, or embarrasses someone

Example: Carla put her foot right in it when she congratulated her neighbour on being pregnant. It turns out she's not expecting but had just put on weight. Read on


Like Facebook Page

Latest Thoughts

Keep in Touch

Copyrights © 2021 - The Idioms - All Rights Reserved.
Copy Link