put yourself on the line
put (oneself) on the line
To personally assume or expose oneself to some risk, danger, or responsibility; to imperil oneself or put oneself in harm's way. Look, I'm putting myself on the line for you here. I could get fired if they find out what we're up to! You have to take some risks to be successful in business and in life, but don't put yourself on the line for no good reason.
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put yourself on the lineor
lay yourself on the line
If you put yourself on the line or lay yourself on the line, you do something that has big personal risks for you, especially for your job or reputation. When you are a professional athlete and put yourself on the line, you have to accept criticism. He was the one who was expected to deliver, who laid himself on the line with his `ethical policies'. Compare with on the line.
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