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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The bar exams made me pragmatic, a firm believer in luck and chances, so going through the drill again would mean pushing my luck too far, which I won't dare do.
I'VE worn my shorts four times already this year and, even if I'm pushing my luck, I shall have them on again on Wednesday for the longest day.
I'm trying to get a fly-over from the Red Arrows but think I might be pushing my luck," he said.
So he's set a fund-raising target of PS5,000 and has big plans for a big event, including hopes for a Red Arrow fly-over although he admits: "I might be pushing my luck.
I feel very fortunate with my two, but I feel I'd be pushing my luck if I tried again.
Of today's contest, in which Fajr - as short as 16-1 for the Lincoln - has two talented rivals in Capricorn Run and Baharah to beat, she added: "I hope I'm not pushing my luck, but the owner was keen to run if the horse was well, and he's very well.
She said: "I keep thinking I'm pushing my luck at 82, but it keeps me young in mind and body - and it's better than watching the telly.
While I set myself targets - it's their 18ths, then graduation, 21st and marriages - I know I'm pushing my luck to think I'll be here for the grandchildren.
Maybe I will be pushing my luck with them if I score the winning goal against Rangers, but I can only play one way and I will be giving everything for Dunfermline.
The ranger said: "I thought I was probably pushing my luck because the diggers have only recently turned up a green hand axe which is half a million years old
By then, I'll only be two years from being 60, so I think I'd be pushing my luck to ride again next season," he says.