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chance something

to risk doing something; to try doing something while being aware of the risk involved. I don't usually ride horses, but this time I will chance it. Bob didn't have a ticket, but he went to the airport anyway, chancing a cancellation.
References in classic literature ?
There was much to be done: his portmanteau to be packed, a credit to be got from the bank where he was a wealthy customer, and certain offices to be transacted for that other bank in which he was an humble clerk; and it chanced, in conformity with human nature, that out of all this business it was the last that came to be neglected.
Now it chanced there lived in the same boarding-house a fellow-clerk of his, an honest fellow, with what is called a weakness for drink - though it might, in this case, have been called a strength, for the victim had been drunk for weeks together without the briefest intermission.
Then, as they chanced to enter his mind, he conceived a desire to play with them again, and, having nothing better to do than satisfy the first whim which possessed him, he rose and started across the plain from the forest in which he had spent the preceding day.
But at this point in his discourse it chanced that Zarathustra suddenly paused, and looked like a person in the greatest alarm.