risk life and limb

risk life and limb

to do something very dangerous where you might get hurt These skiers risk life and limb every day for the thrill of speed.
See also: and, life, limb, risk

risk life and limb

Also, risk one's neck. Take dangerous chances, as in There he was on the roof, risking life and limb to rescue the kitten, or I don't want to risk my neck contradicting him. The first hyperbolic expression, dating from the early 1600s, doesn't make sense, since if one loses one's life one also loses the use of one's limbs. The variant, used for risky undertakings of all kinds, physical and nonphysical, presumably alludes to being hanged or beheaded. Also see stick one's neck out.
See also: and, life, limb, risk
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Our dear companion Will Stutely hath been taken by that vile Sheriff's men, therefore doth it behoove us to take bow and brand in hand to bring him off again; for I wot that we ought to risk life and limb for him, as he hath risked life and limb for us.
But there's a new breed of people who are seemingly willing to risk life and limb in an attempt to push boundaries and carry out dangerous tasks nobody has ever done before - and some of them are featured in this documentary.
The companies say the beers "are dedicated to beer drinkers and enthusiasts worldwide" who continue to support the small brewers "who risk life and limb to shape the vibrant craft-brewing community.
nature journey in which volunteer mushers and their dogs risk life and limb to relay the precious cargo over 600 miles to Nome.
Often entering structures engulfed in flames, they risk life and limb, thereby saving more property and rescuing more victims than almost any other fire service.
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