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Jeopardy

(3 syl.). Hazard, danger Tyrwhitt says it is the French jeu part and Froissart uses the phrase, “Si nous les voyons à jeu parti ” (vol. i. c. 234). Jeu parti is a game where the chances are exactly balanced, hence a critical state.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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