take life in hands

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take someone's life in one's hands

Fig. to risk someone's life. If you go into the war zone, you will be taking your life in your hands. Ted didn't want to take his life in his hands by going there alone.
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take (one's) life in (one's) hands

To take a dangerous risk.
See also: hand, life, take