To have one's life in jeopardy.
An example of jeopardy is risking your life when confronting a burglar in your house.
An example of Jeopardy is playing the game with categories like “Potent Potables.”
Origin of jeopardy
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English jepardie, from Old French jeu parti (“a divided game, i.e. an even game, an even chance”), from Medieval Latin iocus partītus (“an even chance, an alternative”), from Latin iocus (“jest, play, game”) + partītus, perfect passive participle of partiō (“divide”); see joke and party.
- Coined when Ed Vane, a skeptical producer, rejected an earlier concept of the show, claiming “it doesn’t have enough jeopardies”, according to creator Merv Griffin.