11 Batten down the hatches
A hatch is a type of door, to batten down a hatch means to close and lock the door.
When that storm comes tomorrow, we need to have battened down the hatches.
12 Close shave
To have a close shave means to have come very close to having been injured or killed.
That was a close shave! The car missed us by only a few inches.
13 Dicey situation
A dicey situation means something is unpredictable, just like the dice in a game.
He was in such a dicey situation at work; we didn’t know if he was going to survive.
14 Fraught with danger
When a dangerous situation happens, and a person is in the middle of it.
Taking that road is fraught with danger, it is on the side of a cliff and landslides happen frequently.
15 Play with fire
Everyone knows that playing with fire can burn you or cause damage to others. So to play with fire means to do something that could hurt you or another person.
Don’t walk out onto that old bridge, you’re playing with fire because it looks like it could fall at any time.
16 Risk life and limb
To risk life and limb means to do something that is dangerous, whether it is necessary or not.
Firefighters risk life and limb every day to save others.
17 Skating on thin ice
When a person does something that is dangerous or very risky.
She was skating on thin ice when she jumped from one building to the other.
18 Take cover
To take cover means to find shelter or protection from something dangerous.
The people ran to take cover when they heard the sound of gunfire.