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.
See also: luck, push
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: luck, push
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: luck, push
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

push your luck

act rashly or presumptuously on the assumption that you will continue to be successful or in favour. informal
See also: luck, push
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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.
See also: luck, push
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There was a stage earlier in the season when you worried they might be pushing their luck by playing unimpressively and winning so often.
NEWCASTLE United could be pushing their luck when it comes to earning a top-10 finish this term.
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Also pushing their luck are rubbish criminals Lexi, Chas and Debbie, who swap the stolen necklace for a fake one, then drop it in the communion wine in church.
The producers may be pushing their luck a little here, but the nation can't seem to get enough of food shows - even celebrity ones without celebrities - so they will probably be forgiven.
The other two passengers who had traveled with us since Phoenix had thought better of pushing their luck and gotten off at Flagstaff.
"They thought asking her to appear for more than one episode was pushing their luck, but her character is so fabulous she was more than happy to stay longer.
'I think they might be pushing their luck a bit now - seven or eight pence is a lot on a pint, especially in local pubs like ours,' he said.
The evil Lord Farquaad (say it out loud a couple of times to see how far Dreamworks are pushing their luck) has banished them from his kingdom.
After Decoupage had won Newbury's Tote Gold Trophy, one of the major handicap hurdles of the season, two years ago, it might have been thought that his team were pushing their luck trying to add the County Hurdle off a mark 13lb higher.
Sir, - Are the ruling elite of this city pushing their luck in certain respects?
Sunderland will settle into the role of underdogs, from which they have upset City on Wearside for the last two seasons - although maybe to do so for a third time would be pushing their luck a little too far!
The Argentinians are pushing their luck over the Falklands.
Someone should tell them to stop pushing their luck. Even in a tolerant country like Britain, there are limits.