Definition of take one's life in one's hands in English:

take one's life in one's hands

phrase

  • Risk being killed.

    ‘with more cars around than ever, you take your life in your hands just crossing the road’
    • ‘Even walking down the small road outside the Coven now involves taking your life in your hands, because there are no footpaths and people insist on driving at 70 or 80 mph around blind bends.’
    • ‘He described the attack as a reflex action: ‘Anybody who had planned a snipe from that position would have literally been taking his life in his hands.’’
    • ‘Today I took my life in my hands and spent it in the company of many three-year-olds!’
    • ‘If you want to cross the road, you are taking your life in your hands.’
    • ‘Anybody who crosses it walking, especially in July and August, is taking their life in their hands.’
    • ‘I also took my life in my hands by visiting a Kurdish barber.’
    • ‘Yesterday I took my life in my hands and cleared out my garage.’
    • ‘Sometimes I feel like I'm taking my life in my hands on the road but I have no choice because I can't manage on the footpath.’
    • ‘I set off on this particular bus journey as dusk was approaching, little realising that I was about to take my life in my hands.’
    • ‘‘People go down there much too quickly all the time - you take your life in your hands if you try to cross the road,’ said one resident.’