leave (something) to chance

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leave (something) to chance

To resign oneself to something's outcome being determined forces outside of one's control. My boss always scrutinizes the smallest details of any deal she makes—she says there's nothing more foolish than leaving things to chance in business. You could just pick a few different investments and leave the whole process to chance, or you could let our firm plan your investments meticulously in order to maximize your return.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave something to chance

to allow something to be settled by chance. Plan your day. Don't leave anything to chance. It is not a good idea to leave any of this to chance.
See also: chance, leave
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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He might fail, but something must be left to chance. In eight days the campaign would open, and he would be compelled to leave Paris; D'Artagnan had no time for a prolonged love siege.
Days it took, even though he lay up at night for but a few hours and left to chance the finding of meat directly on his trail.
You have a sense of timing.' Heroism is sometimes left to chance, otherwise it's purposely timed."
Not much explosive remained in the munition, but nothing was left to chance and it was disposed of near Traeth Cymyran."
The expectations require today's social workers to ensure nothing is left to chance. Simply stated, a nursing home cannot just refer discharging residents to a home health agency and assume the task is complete.
An insider said: "Nothing is being left to chance."
Alan Dawson, a partner in Sintons' Personal and Family department, who has over 30 years' experience of advising high net worth individuals and business owners, said: "Succession planning and putting in place a clear strategy for the next generation can often be a thorny issue - but handled properly and in good time, it can be a relatively simple process which can ensure nothing is left to chance in the future."
Debbie Jevans, the chief executive of England 2015 RWC, is keenly aware of the demands of staging a major sporting event from her time as Olympic director for the London 2012 organising committee, and says nothing can be left to chance.
It's a bell curve - nothing to do with Robbie Savage taking a free-kick, but the shape into which things tend to fall when left to chance.
Nothing is being left to chance as a small army of back-up sta will be in South America to assist with the smooth running of England's campaign, with the sole aim of giving the players the best possible chance of performing well in the actual tournament.
Officers, who claimed to have 'some clues', said nothing was being left to chance in the investigation.
"I am determined to make the jobs of those who deal with drink drivers easier and less bureaucratic so that bringing offenders to justice is not left to chance."
Their election cannot be left to chance. This election is a chance for people to get their voice heard - by voting for public services, electors can stop their police force from being carved up for profit, and communities can oppose swingeing cuts to policing budgets.
In such an important issue, nothing should be left to chance.