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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But Lee Cattermole is pushing his luck with O'Neill (left) after picking up his fifth red card in just 79 appearances for Sunderland.
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Khalid Al Aqeeli, human rights activist and member of the revolutionary council, said Gaddafi was pushing his luck in Benghazi because he knew that the city represented what the revolution stood for and controlling it would help the regime reclaim the moral high ground beside the obvious strategic advantage.
Pietersen paid the price for pushing his luck too far.
Eli has been pushing his luck with Marlon lately, exploiting the fact he could wreck his life with a slip of the tongue.
This charm almost covers his back, but Herring seems intent on pushing his luck and enjoying the shock effect of some of his more explicit material.
But to me he was the very definition of a man pushing his luck.
A charity worker was due to be pushing his luck this week to raise much-needed funds for children.
The British Prime Minister is pushing his luck in demanding that anti-war protesters should pack up and go home simply because he has relied on the sheep-like majority in the House of Commons to legitimise his war crimes.
After weeks of assorted fly-pasts, I lost it with a fella in a bobble hat who had been pushing his luck.
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I cried every day for six months, then a guy I wasn't interested in noticed me and kept pushing his luck.
I don't know the man, all I know is he's pushing his luck and there it is, but so is Kate, who I know very well.