push (one's) luck

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push (one's) luck

To risk losing the good favor or fortune one has garnered thus far by brashly or overconfidently seeking more. I know you're in the boss's good graces now, but don't push your luck. She's been known to turn on people for getting too cocky. I've had some good winnings at blackjack, but I don't think I should push my luck any further.
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push one's luck

 and press one's luck
to expect continued good fortune; to expect to continue to escape bad luck. (Often implies unreasonable expectation.) You're okay so far, but don't push your luck. Bob pressed his luck too much and got into a lot of trouble.
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push one's luck

Also, press one's luck. Risk one's good fortune, often by acting overconfidently, as in We've gotten all but one of the concessions we asked for; demanding that last one would be pushing our luck , or You've done very well so far, but don't press your luck. [Early 1900s]
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push your luck

COMMON If you push your luck, you do something risky that could spoil the success you have already had. You survived this time but who knows how far you can push your luck? You might be pushing your luck asking them to play the song live.
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push your luck

act rashly or presumptuously on the assumption that you will continue to be successful or in favour. informal
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push your ˈluck

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ˈpush it/things

(informal) (often used as a warning) take a risk because you have successfully avoided problems in the past: You’ve already got a good pay rise. Now don’t push your luck by asking for more leave.Look, boys, I told you ten minutes ago to leave, so don’t push it. Get out of here now or I’ll call the police.
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Mr Al Ansari said he was worried that some fishermen will not take the warning seriously and will try to push their luck.
Most of the exit points to the sea towards Qatar happen to be in the Southern Governorate and as the highest official here I plead with fishermen not to push their luck.
He knows Sunderland would be unwise to push their luck again and rely on picking up points against Arsenal and Chelsea at the end of May.
Most batsmen know they are going to get a rough decision now and then so they push their luck.
I think the 'King Canute' characters who push their luck on Holy Island's causeway should be presented with the bill for the cost of their rescue.
ALTON Towers will close its terrifying new rollercoaster Thi3teen on Friday August 13, after research suggested people will not want to push their luck on the ride.
IT SEEMS to me that postal workers are starting to push their luck.
Visitors can put their general knowledge to the test during a quiz, try their hand at cards or push their luck at bingo.
But as certain levels of behaviour become tolerated or overlooked, so the boundaries become blurred and the minority of pupils who create the problem will push their luck.
The FA are reluctant to push their luck with Lazio and will continue to seek their co-operation over Erkisson's release for the March back-to-back World Cup qualifiers.
The MONOPOLY version lets players push their luck by rolling multiple dice to acquire properties and hotels.
The FA are reluctant to push their luck with Lazio and will only continue to seek club president Sergio Cragnotti's co-operation for the release of Eriksson for the March back-to-back World Cup ties.