chance (one's) arm

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chance (one's) arm

slang To do something risky in pursuit of a desired outcome. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I think he's chancing his arm by dumping his life savings into yet another bizarre money-making scheme.
See also: arm, chance
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chance your arm

If you chance your arm, you do something risky or daring in order to get something you want. Sport is about going out and giving it your best shot, chancing your arm for glory. Instead of going on the dole I chanced my arm on a business.
See also: arm, chance
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chance your arm (or luck)

undertake something although it may be dangerous or unsuccessful; take a risk. British informal
See also: arm, chance
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ˌchance your ˈarm

(British English, informal) take a risk (especially when you are unlikely to succeed): He knew he wasn’t likely to win the contest, but decided to chance his arm anyway.
See also: arm, chance
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As Spurs stood firm over the PS45million asking price for England international Walker, they decided to chance their arm by enquiring about 17-year-old winger Sancho.
Is it because they know I need covered by law so they chance their arm? There was no negotiating.
Tonight it's the turn of emerging Argentinian outfit Huracan to chance their arm at the Estadio Patria - and, in spite of the altitude issues, they might be able to get something out of this tie.
And he moaned the law was "slanted" in favour of drunken women and against "lads who chance their arm".
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, although neither side is likely to chance their arm should they win the toss, however, Siddle gave his most optimistic outlook, saying that he had no doubt the Australians could be successful if Clarke sent England in to bat for the first Test of the summer.
The rules and signs are pretty clear - if people choose to chance their arm then that is their business.
During their detention, there is no shortage of willing replacements ('soljas') ready to chance their arm.
Adjacent to the 15th green, the company will also sponsor a par-three challenge for spectators to get a taste of the action and chance their arm at winning Ryder Cup tickets provided by the host resort.
Victims of drivers who chance their arm and take to the wheel when over the limit.
The match was marred by handling errors, the constant whistling of English referee Tony Spreadbury, and the fact both sides refused to chance their arm because of the high stakes.
Only the most optimistic of City fans would chance their arm on a repeat score line of the 4-1 demolition of Nottingham Forest at the end of August, but Victor Chandler's 100/1 does have a nice ring to it doesn't it?
Spanish giants Valencia are ready to chance their arm for Leeds' sulky striker Mark Viduka with a pounds 4m offer for the Aussie.
Leboeuf accepts the appeal of English football is the reason why so few chance their arm abroad.
Teale said: "English clubs chance their arm as they don't hold our football in high regard.
"They're not frightened to chance their arm and use the ball - it will make for an exciting contest."