Definition of take a chance (or chances) in US English:

take a chance (or chances)

phrase

  • 1Behave in a way that leaves one vulnerable to danger or failure.

    • ‘Butcher was prepared to take chances as he took on the bowlers but played with sense, aggression and confidence.’
    • ‘She took a chance and ventured out from behind the microphone into a one-woman play titled, ‘This is Where I Get Off.’’
    • ‘As many gamblers have testified, taking a chance with your cash is likely to lead to heartache and empty pockets.’
    • ‘It's great theatre: it's irreverent, rude to the establishment and is prepared to take chances.’
    • ‘You are lucky and can hope to win if you gamble or take a chance.’
    • ‘The four fearless musicians who comprise NEWA (Nicholas Brancker, Eddie Bullen, Wilson Laurencin and Arturo Tappin) took chances, venturing into the unknown.’
    • ‘Barb had not only convinced her friend to take a chance at the venture but also had agreed to help her out that weekend.’
    • ‘For such a small investment its well worth taking a chance and it could be you who has all their Christmas and New Year money worries wiped out instantly.’
    • ‘More often than not it appears to be the belief that it is better to play it safe rather than take a chance at change and failure.’
    • ‘This is not a good time to take chances or indulge in speculation.’
    risk, gamble, hazard, venture, speculation, long shot, leap in the dark, pig in a poke, lottery, pot luck
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    1. 1.1take a chance on Put one's trust in (something or someone) knowing that it may not be safe or certain.
      • ‘The players might have done it themselves but I wasn't prepared to take a chance on that.’
      • ‘If you love improv, these quirky guys are worth taking a chance on.’
      • ‘With the chart singles being blared out of every available set of speakers, which are you going to do - go for the name you know and trust, or take a chance on one you don't?’
      • ‘Here's hoping that future organizers of events like this can step out and take a chance on something new and exciting for everyone.’
      • ‘But Coventry were the one club prepared to take a chance on me.’
      • ‘Weren't Rangers the only team prepared to take a chance on the Frenchman?’
      • ‘Much like the film it alludes to, this is an acquired taste, but worth taking a chance on, nonetheless.’
      • ‘To make something like Thalos happen takes some courage, and I have to hand it to London and Vienna for taking a chance on trusting their public to show themselves in a good way.’
      • ‘Meaning that, you've got to fly business or be prepared to take a chance on the wait list.’
      • ‘she took a chance on what to call him and he did not correct her, so she guessed it was appropriate.’
      act in the hope of, trust in, take a chance on, bank on
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