sudden peril

See: emergency
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It was evident the celestial was no stranger to the use of his deadly weapon, nor to the moments of extreme and sudden peril which demanded its use, for he seemed no more perturbed than had he been but hanging out his weekly wash.
That wouldn't be a problem at Ditcheat, where horses are monitored better than your Auntie Gertie in intensive care, but you are always on tenterhooks for that niggling training injury that puts years of planning into sudden peril.
Acquittal may be based on showing that he was terrified by a situation of sudden peril.

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