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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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MICHEAL Martin has said Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney are "chancing their arm" after the Tanaiste announced Fine Gael's preferred date for the next election is June 2020.
It's understandable one or two have been chancing their arm with bet365 on the latest round of friendlies.
AS football powerbroker Keith Harris reveals the inside story of Mike Ashley's attempts to sell Newcastle United, it confirms what many fans thought: there were a lot of people chancing their arm.
But I said last week that Catalan is a dangerous attacking team and I think they got to a point where they just thought they had nothing to lose by chancing their arm.
We can't quite crown Simpson a day in advance as there are several pundits chancing their arm with a bigpriced Cesarewitch selection - though Karl Hedley, of the East Belfast Herald, takes the biscuit by going for Coolmore pacemaker and 500-1 shot Set Sail in the Champion Stakes - but he's a strong favourite, that's for sure.
``Investors are now pouring their savings into high street stores, offices, and sheds as well as chancing their arm with city or student tenants.
Fletch, though, knows they can't keep chancing their arm, especially with a derby against title rivals City looming next month.
It is four years to the day since Stuart Bolland became the first betting shop millionaire, and with a further pounds 439,249 already in the bonus fund, one of the biggest payouts in British betting history could be on the cards to anybody who manages to unravel the five races from Doncaster on the final day of the turf Flat season and Wincanton's Badger Ales Trophy that forms the Scoop6, before chancing their arm at the bonus race next Saturday.
"They are chancing their arm at some fairly bullish prices, considering there is now a lot of property up for sale."
They are chancing their arm at some fairly bullish prices considering there is now a lot of property up for sale.
But Rightmove commercial director Miles Shipside said some would-be sellers were "chancing their arm" with unrealistic asking prices.
I've seen some pretty rumlooking bouncers at Wembley Arena down the years so the idea of anyone chancing their arm and dropping, say, a tack or, heaven forbid, a nail doesn't bear thinking about.
We have just learned that MPs' expenses have soared to an astounding pounds 81million, and in the Scottish Parliament we have even more chancing their arm.
Age 33 World ranking 9 Wins Nine in Europe (two in US) Best 2005 finish Won twice in US 2005 top-five finishes Two in Europe (two in US) 2005 earnings and money list positions X278,013, 48th, ($2,288,406, 9th) European Tour driving distance 295.9 yards (26th) Driving accuracy 59.9% (70th) Greens in regulation 67.9% (33rd) Putting average 1.745 (7th) Scoring average 71.05 (27th) SUPPORTINGany golfer with hard cash is obviously a gamble, but punters putting their faith in Harrington this week will be chancing their arm more than most.
"I can see that they get a lot of people chancing their arm, but a lot of the wardens are little Hitlers.