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run a risk

To subject oneself to a particular risk or high probability of a negative or unfortunate outcome. You always run a risk of upsetting your most loyal fans if you try to do something too innovative with subsequent films. I'd love to pay less taxes, but I'm not going to run a risk by doing so!
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run the risk

To subject oneself to a particular risk or high probability of a negative or unfortunate outcome. You always run the risk of upsetting your most loyal fans if you try to do something too innovative with subsequent films. I'd love to pay less taxes, but I'm not going to run the risk of going to jail for it!
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run a risk (of something)

 and run the risk (of something)
to take a chance that something (bad) will happen. I don't want to run the risk of losing my job. Don't worry. You won't have to run a risk.
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run the risk

(of something) Go to run a risk (of something).
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run a risk

Also, run the risk. Be subjected to danger, as in Hiding anything from customs means running a risk that you'll be caught, or Without the right postage and address, this package runs the risk of being lost. [Mid-1600s]
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run the ˈrisk (of doing something)

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run ˈrisks

be or put yourself in a situation in which something bad could happen to you: We’d better give them what they want. We don’t want to run the risk of losing their business.Investment is all about running risks.
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If you do, you run the risk of appearing disinterested or looking like a doormat--two things you want to avoid at all costs in the office.
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People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to fish run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
A church of England bishop was taking out adverts in his local newspapers today urging electors to register their votes or run the risk of letting "undesirable characters" gain seats.
Of course, they run the risk that another team will claim Shaw off waivers, but officials hope that making the move after NBA rosters have been set will reduce the chance of losing him.
But while a tree stump housing an old doorknob and lock, limbs enveloping shears or a pickax, or a two-legged stump standing in high tie-up boots help transform the gallery into a dreamscape, they also run the risk of being experienced merely as visual gags.
The editorial warns that proponents of posting the Ten Commandments at government facilities also run the risk of trivializing them.
People who are later sickened by these germs run the risk that their disease will not respond to drug treatment.
Prevention experts warn that those who slip from safe-sex standards run the risk of starting--or spreading--a subepidemic of other sexually transmitted diseases.
Software development teams that continue to manually test software applications run the risk of lengthy development and testing cycles and delivering poor-quality products," said Thomas Murphy, research director at Gartner.
Former City Controller Rick Tuttle, in June, urged that immediate action be taken or the city and county would run the risk of driving up costs with any delays.
Now, a study reported in the May 12 Science suggests that prostate cancer patients with reduced expression of a particular gene may run the risk of metastasis.
People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.
Those who attempt to adapt a science-fiction novel to the stage run the risk of circumventing the writer's greatest asset: the space- and time-defying imagination of the reader.
A new study suggests that barbers who rely on time-honored shaving techniques run the risk of contracting hepatitis C, a virus that often causes chronic infection and can lead to liver disease.