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take a risk

To try to do something for which there is a high probability of a negative or unfortunate outcome. I'm taking a real risk hiring this guy, so you had better be right about him. You're never going to find real success unless you're willing to take a risk now and then.
See also: risk, take

take a ˈrisk

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take ˈrisks

do something even though you know that something bad could happen as a result: That’s a risk I’m not prepared to take.You have no right to take risks with other people’s money. OPPOSITE: play (it) safe
See also: risk, take
References in classic literature ?
My feeling is that one should look upon life as an adventure, one should burn with the hard, gem-like flame, and one should take risks, one should expose oneself to danger.
Global Banking News-April 13, 2015--Stimulus prompts regional Japanese banks to take risks
If you don't take risks, you're not living life fully.
We are firefighters, we have to take risks to save others.
If you don't fear failure, you are more willing to take risks, and those risks could lead to bigger success.
Part of our human nature is to take risks. We have been warned and preached to about risks our entire lives.
Here are some tips for making sure you take risks without placing yourself in a risky situation:
The crowds come to watch him because he take risks just like fighters like Nigel Benn before him.
NOACC wants the new Grow Bond Corporation to take risks. If it sticks to safe investments, it won't contribute much to the Northern economy.
Mr Doggett said: "It seems that telling drivers to slow down or drive carefully in one place only makes them determined to speed up or take risks elsewhere.
If we want to build a movement that is transformational we will model honesty, we will model openness, and we will take risks that challenge conventional thinking.
Bereft of faith and the impetus to take risks, they would have succumbed to their fears and returned to Egypt, utterly broken.
He said yesterday: "We have to be prepared to take risks with the way the education system works.
Moreover, we should not lose sight of the necessity for banks to take risks if they are to perform their essential economic function.