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let the chips fall (where they may)

To let a situation unfold without worrying about the consequences. Now that I've told the police everything I know, there's nothing I can do but let the chips fall where they may.
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Let the chips fall where they may.

Prov. Let something happen regardless of the consequences and no matter what happens. I'm going to tell Ellen the truth about her husband, let the chips fall where they may. Kathy decided to risk her money on the investment, and let the chips fall where they may.
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let the chips fall where they may

No matter what the consequences, as in I'm going to tell the truth about what happened, and let the chips fall where they may . This metaphoric term alludes to chopping wood and is usually joined to a statement that one should do what is right (that is, the woodcutter should pay attention to the main task of cutting logs and not worry about small chips). [Late 1800s]
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let the chips fall where they ˈmay

(American English, informal) used to say that you are not worried about anything that may happen, particularly as a result of something you do: Don’t argue with him. Just tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.
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let the chips fall where they may

Whatever the consequences, do the right thing. This term alludes to woodcutting, and suggests that the cutter stick to the principal task and ignore the small pieces of wood flying about. It was used figuratively in a speech by Roscoe Conkling nominating General Ulysses S. Grant at the Republican Convention of 1880: “Hew to the line of right, let the chips fall where they may.” The expression was frequently quoted thereafter and was a cliché by the mid-twentieth century.
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"I'm just going to go out and have a good game plan for the golf course, stick to that and let the chips fall where they do."
She made me want to shout out to the world about my own story and let the chips fall where they may.
As such, I can just do the best that I can and let the chips fall where they may.
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I gotta go play and let the chips fall where they may."
Then, respectfully listen while the opposing advocate has her turn, and let the chips fall where they may.
Let the chips fall where they may, but let's just make sure that what we're getting is the whole truth.
I'm long enough in the tooth to know I don't think you can control this career thing, you've got to decide what you want and let the chips fall where they may, I've tried to control t it but it's impossible.
Since the time horizon was two months, we also decided not to change the mock portfolio during the experience, and let the chips fall wherever they may.
"We do not use the poll to advocate for any agenda but let the chips fall where they may.
As a result, we've seen the rise of passive investing, the thinking being, "Control what you can control -- cost -- and let the chips fall where they may."
While, in my opinion, GTAT management should have kept shareholders first and let the chips fall where they may with Apple (assuming such penalties would be unenforceable if challenged to the SEC) they did not and, yes, shareholders were hurt--more importantly, employees were hurt and confidence in the system of corporate reporting was damaged.
"They just want the Commission to eliminate some of the barriers to competition so they have the tools to win the hearts and minds of listeners and then let the chips fall where they may," O'Rielly notes.
That's so important, to learn to be yourself and let the chips fall where they may.
You've got to be you and let the chips fall where they may.
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