Definition of take one's chances in US English:

take one's chances

phrase

  • Do something risky with the hope of success.

    • ‘We always thought he would come through and we are just hoping he takes his chance now.’
    • ‘Evening Press readers took their chance to grill the Railtrack boss last night in a lively 90-minute online debate.’
    • ‘‘I think he walked past the house and saw there was en elderly person inside and took their chance to make some easy money,’ he said.’
    • ‘The conditions dictated that the score would be close and as the half time whistle approached Bolton took their chance with a penalty in front of the posts.’
    • ‘It was just before the Queen's accession that the first affordable package tour was offered, by an ex-RAF pilot who had bought an old Dakota, booked an hotel in Paris, and took their chance.’
    • ‘It won't be easy for me to break into the team because the lads have been doing so well but I will just have to get my head down, train hard, and take my chance when it comes along.’
    • ‘There have been a couple of other youth players that have been given a chance so far this season and it is to be hoped that these kids can take their chance and boost the first team squad.’
    • ‘The Bellamys are being fully refunded and hope to take their chance to go on another cruise towards the end of the year.’
    • ‘They took their chance when it was offered to them a few years back and that is what I have to aim to do.’
    • ‘Up here you get your chance, and you take your chance.’