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Involving risks and uncertainty.‘football coaching is a chancy business’
risky, unpredictable, uncertain, speculative, precariousView synonyms
- ‘Besides, transporting animals on ocean voyages is a chancy proposition full of danger for the animals and those assigned to care for them.’
- ‘When the construct is killed, reconnecting my consciousness with my body is a very chancy business.’
- ‘‘That's clumsy, chancy and too dangerous for Bannon to try,’ Cole said flatly, ‘my employer isn't that stupid.’’
- ‘Intervening on behalf of democracy is chancy enough.’
- ‘All of us should therefore operate today with some notion of very probably reaching much larger audiences than any we could conceive of even a decade ago, although the chances of retaining that audience are by the same token quite chancy.’
- ‘But intelligence-gathering has always been a chancy business.’
- ‘The restoration to favour of forgotten books and authors is always a chancy business.’
- ‘Wild child April, with her piercing and tattoos, has long since left her white middle-class home to live in Manhattan with her black boyfriend Bobby who has connections at the chancy end of the rag trade.’
- ‘My far-flung net of significant others helps me to find meaning and purpose in a random and chancy world, and I hope I reciprocate to some degree.’
- ‘The fungus doesn't kill the tree, it just reddens the wood, and what this means is that finding a good red myrtle is a very chancy business.’
- ‘Economists recognize that estimating multiplier effects is a chancy business under the best of circumstances.’
- ‘It was chancy, but even Brenda knew that taking risks was all part of the fun of living one's life.’
- ‘You got so tired of nearly every risk-taking venture blowing up in your face that you've pretty much stopped attempting anything the least bit chancy.’
- ‘The natural souring of unpasteurized milk is a chancy business.’
- ‘J. K. Galbraith pointed out a long time ago that the smartest businesspeople abhor true competition - it's much too expensive and chancy - far better to monopolise the market for public services and pocket all the profits.’
- ‘And so the chancy element of happenings is central.’
- ‘It is extremely chancy, moreover, to anticipate the future of art architecturally, or to presuppose that modern art will continue to be shaped principally by painting and sculpture, albeit on a larger scale.’
- ‘Predicting tomorrow's weather is chancy business, let alone a five-day forecast.’
- ‘That has proved as chancy as standing below a seagull and scarcely more rewarding.’
- ‘It brought home to me what I already knew - that going tench fishing with only one or two bait options could be a chancy business.’
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