take (one's) chances

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take (one's) chances

1. To seize and make the most of opportunities as they present themselves. It was a heartbreaking loss, but we have no one to blame but ourselves—if you don't take your chances in a game, you're never going to succeed.
2. To try to do something that carries a high risk of having a negative or unfortunate outcome. A: "You know that this deal could bankrupt the company, right?" B: "But if it works, it will make us a fortune. Let's take our chances."
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take one's chances

Accept the risks, resign oneself to whatever happens, as in I've no idea whether this scheme will work; I'll just take my chances. [Early 1300s]
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take ˈchances

do risky things: Take no chances: don’t lend money to people you don’t know.
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take your ˈchances

(informal) make as much use as you can of your opportunities: When the offer of a job in Singapore came, I accepted it. After all, you have to take your chances in life.
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Subsequent research might include interviews with students who have taken chances to elicit their feelings and thoughts in regard to taking chances.
I think we have taken chances and I think clubs have taken chances," Hodgson added.
There was a bit of everything - missed chances, taken chances, a lot of emotion.
But before his 53rd consecutive Grand Slam tournament, he said: "I've taken chances after Wimbledon, only playing one event leading into the US Open, and risked a first-round loss.
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She has always taken chances in films and remained true to her vision, resulting in both artistic and commercial acclaim.
Swindon boss Danny Wilson said: "We've had too many games where we've played just as well and not taken chances - but today, we did.