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

chance your arm

BRITISH
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

chance your arm (or luck)

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

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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The sporty Duchess of Cambridge, 30, couldn't resist picking up a large foam javelin and chancing her arm at a children's sports day yesterday.
U2'S FORMER stylist, Lola Cashman, was chancing her arm trying to sell Bono's hat and other memorabilia from the band.
And parts of the evening were as predicted with Ms Blackman chancing her arm in all kinds of things including a couple of clips from Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (where, in an eccentric kind of way, she impersonated Enobarbus as well as Cleopatra herself).