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

chance one's arm (or luck)


  • Undertake something although it may be dangerous or unsuccessful.

    ‘the ferryman decided not to chance his luck in the storm’
    • ‘The emergence of ‘no-win no-fee’ law firms makes this ‘chancing your luck’ possible.’
    • ‘They added 78 together in 14 overs with Gale chancing his luck until Benkenstein ran him out.’
    • ‘Young and old also chanced their arm at bowling and archery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An Inland Revenue source said: ‘Droger was just chancing his arm.’’
    • ‘How about chancing your arm on a couple of spells?’
    • ‘As Mr Forrester had no change, he chanced his arm and didn't get a parking permit, knowing that parking would be free after 6pm.’
    • ‘It is quite clear he was chancing his arm with a woman whose partner he knew was inside and to see how far he could go.’
    • ‘In England aspiring trainers are thought to need a lot of money behind them, whereas many in Ireland get their grounding by working as stable lads, riding as amateurs and then chancing their arm with a handful of horses.’
    • ‘The striker tried to claim it had crossed the line, but he was really chancing his arm when he raised it in appeal.’
    wager, gamble, stake, risk, venture, hazard, chance, lay down, put, place
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