press (one's) luck

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press (one's) luck

1. To risk losing the success or fortune one has garnered thus far by brashly or overconfidently seeking more. I've had some good winnings at blackjack, but I don't think I should press my luck any further.
2. To try to gain some additional benefit or advantage after one has already been granted or awarded something. Usually used in negative constructions as an imperative. If Mom is letting you stay out till midnight on Friday, don't press your luck and ask for a later curfew on Saturday, too. A: "Thank you for the raise. I was wondering if you might also consider expanding my benefits, too." B: "Don't press your luck."
See also: luck, press
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, anxious not to press his luck after successfully snatching Crimea from Kiev, is like a fox sliding through the hen coop, careful not to set off the alarm.
But the robber didn't press his luck, and he fled to a waiting car.
Problem is, he likes to press his luck. For some reason he almost always tries to let a 20-yard deer walk up to 10 yards before shooting, and doesn't sweat the fact that this may bite him in the rear.