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chance one's arm (or luck)

Definition of chance one's arm or luck in English:

British informal Undertake something although it may be dangerous or unsuccessful: the ferryman decided not to chance his luck in the storm
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  • I usually leave them to chance their luck in the garden through the winter, and although they coped with the very wet winter we had last year, I wonder if they will be so fortunate this year.
  • The emergence of ‘no-win no-fee’ law firms makes this ‘chancing your luck’ possible.
  • How about chancing your arm on a couple of spells?
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