Go Out on a Limb (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Go Out on a Limb"?

The term "go out on a limb" means to take a risk or to adopt a tough position in order to support someone.
Go Out on a Limb (Origin)
The word "limb" in "to go out on a limb" most probably refers to the branch of a tree. Therefore, this saying describes the risks associated with climbing on a branch (i.e., falling off or the branch breaking). The term "go out on a limb" originates from the early 19th century (evidence), but it only came into popular use in the mid-20th century.

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