Chance my arm - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
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chance (one's) arm
slang To do something risky in pursuit of a desired outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I think he's chancing his arm by dumping his life savings into yet another bizarre money-making scheme.
chance your arm BRITISH
If you chance your arm, you do something risky or daring in order to get something you want. Sport is about going out and giving it your best shot, chancing your arm for glory. Instead of going on the dole I chanced my arm on a business.
chance your arm (or luck) undertake something although it may be dangerous or unsuccessful; take a risk. British informal
ˌchance your ˈarm (British English, informal) take a risk (especially when you are unlikely to succeed): He knew he wasn’t likely to win the contest, but decided to chance his arm anyway.
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I thought I would chance my arm
and do a poster and see what happens and luckily she saw it, read it and wanted me up.
If I had never thought to at least chance my arm
then I'd never have spoken to a girl in my entire life.
Amy said: "I couldn't believe it when I was told the only way to get home would be to chance my arm
with the same passport.
Maybe I'll try and chance my arm
on a dream collaboration with Trent reznor.
He said: "I don't know how it went in with all the bodies in the way and they were all shouting at me to put it over the bar but I said I'd chance my arm
and hit it low and thank God it went in.
This time I'll just have to chance my arm
wherever and whenever I can and see what happens when I go to the games - I might even chance my arm
with some of the media boys but unfortunately I've had no offers.