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.
take your life in your hands
to do something very dangerous I think you take your life in your hands every time you get on a plane.
take your life in/into your hands
to do something dangerous I'm sure this elevator isn't properly maintained. I feel as though I'm taking my life into my hands every time I go in it.
take (one's) life in (one's) hands
To take a dangerous risk.