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take a chance

To try to do something that has a high probability of having a negative or unfortunate outcome. I'm taking a real chance 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 chance now and then.
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take a chance

 and take a risk
to try something where failure or bad fortune is likely. Come on, take a chance. You may lose, but it's worth trying. I'm not reckless, but I don't mind taking a risk now and then.
See also: chance, take

take a chance

Risk something, gamble, as in I'll take a chance that he'll be on the next plane. [c. 1900]
See also: chance, take