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chance (doing) (something)

1. To knowingly risk having something bad happen (as a result of something else). There's no way I would chance losing my job just to earn a little cash on the side. I told him he shouldn't skip school, but he said he was willing to chance suspension in order to see his favorite band play live.
2. To pursue some risky action or outcome. I wouldn't chance drinking that milk if I were you—it's expired! I knew I didn't have much time before my train arrived, but I decided to chance a quick drink at the bar anyway.
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chance something

to risk doing something; to try doing something while being aware of the risk involved. I don't usually ride horses, but this time I will chance it. Bob didn't have a ticket, but he went to the airport anyway, chancing a cancellation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.