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 you are not supported by others
  • take a wild guess
  • get into a tough or disadvantaged position in order to support someone
  • get into a risky situation in order to help someone else

Example Sentences

  1. During an analysis of the news, he went out on a limb and expressed an opinion that was opposite to that held by the general public.
  2. He went out on a limb trying to support the views of his colleague 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.

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