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To be at ones mercy. To be in a situation where only someone else other than your self can decide your fate. (Most of the time a bad scenario).
When Steve put my king in check i knew i was in a precarious position.

After the defendant sat down and took a look into the eyes of the vindictive jury he thought to himself "well ain't I in a precarious position".
by QuietMezzo October 06, 2008
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