take (one's or someone's) life in(to) (one's) (own) hands

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take (one's or someone's) life in(to) (one's) (own) hands

To do or engage in something risky that could result in the loss of one's or someone else's life or livelihood. I felt like I was taking my life into my own hands climbing up the rickety old structure. Are you sure you trust these tour guides? They're taking our lives into their hands out here in the wild.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

take someone's life in one's hands

Fig. to risk someone's life. If you go into the war zone, you will be taking your life in your hands. Ted didn't want to take his life in his hands by going there alone.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

take your life in your hands

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take your life into your hands

If you take your life in your hands or take your life into your hands when you do something, you take a lot of risks when you do it. A rider who does not know the road takes his life in his hands by cycling in the dark. You take your life into your hands just crossing the road in this city.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

take your life in your hands

risk being killed.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take your ˌlife in your ˈhands

risk being killed, injured, attacked, etc: You take your life in your hands if you let him drive.The reason that his photos are so good is because he takes his life in his hands to get them.
See also: hand, life, take
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

take (one's) life in (one's) hands

To take a dangerous risk.
See also: hand, life, take
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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