dance with death

Definition

To take a risk and accept a situation where there is a possibility of serious harm or death.

Examples

She danced with death when she decided to go skydiving

He was willing to dance with death just to make a quick buck

Origin

The origin of this expression is unknown, but it is thought to have originated from the medieval idea of a person’s life being in the hands of fate, or ‘the dance of death’.

FAQs

Question

What does it mean to ‘dance with death’?

Answer

It means to take a risk and accept a situation where there is a possibility of serious harm or death.

Question

Where did this expression come from?

Answer

It is thought to have originated from the medieval idea of a person’s life being in the hands of fate, or ‘the dance of death’.