Nothing ventured, nothing gained


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Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

If you do not take risks, you will never accomplish anything. Bill: Should I ask my boss for a promotion? Jane: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. I think I'll audition for a part in that play. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
See also: gain, nothing

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

something that you say which means that it is necessary to take risks in order to achieve something We tried to make television programmes that were new and different, and we weren't always successful, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.
See also: gain, nothing

nothing ventured, nothing gained

One must take risks to achieve something, as in They quit their jobs, packed up, and moved to Wisconsin, saying "nothing ventured, nothing gained." Although this adage has appeared in slightly different form since the late 1300s, it was first recorded in this form only in 1624. For another version, see no pain, no gain.
See also: gain, nothing
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Five women are recipients of the Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained Award, recognizing the great risks each has taken to accomplish economic success and prosperity in her own life and/or for others.
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NOTHING ventured, nothing gained, was the philosophical reaction of Paul Nicholls to the comprehensive Guinness Gold Cup defeat of Denman, who appeared to hate racing right-handed and could finish only fourth, writes Lee Mottershead.
However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and Rambling Minster defied his welter burden, travelled like a dream, and was given a peach of a ride by his young jockey whom I had criticised for what I considered was an ill-judged performance on another stable runner the previous Sunday.
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Pity, that, for what is becoming clear is this: Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
But, as they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and I'd much rather get stuck into this puzzle than take things leisurely and pull out none of the stops to come up with a short-priced selection in, say, one of the six-runner conditions races at Leicester.
But, nothing ventured, nothing gained so go for it anyway and revel in compliments lavished on you.
We aren't exactly getting bombarded by players wanting to come and join us, so a gamble on the likes of Trundle would be nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so after negotiating the speeding fine lottery that is the A55, we found ourselves 'scoping the Welsh swell in the early morning light as ravens croaked overhead, and rock pipits called from the cliff face beneath us.
If it doesn't, we go back to the old way of doing business with nothing ventured, nothing gained, nothing lost.
Dear Craig, Nothing ventured, nothing gained but dating your ex-wife's sister will be fraught with complications.