try (one's) luck

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try (one's) luck

To attempt to succeed in doing something for which success is not guaranteed, or that will rely at least in part on good fortune. I'll try my luck to see if I can get the lawnmower working, but we may have to bring it to a mechanic. The young billionaire, who made his fortune in the tech industry, is now trying his luck at the pharmaceutical market. I'll try my luck with the odd slot machine or lottery ticket, but otherwise I don't really care for gambling.
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try one's luck (at something)

to attempt to do something (where success requires luck). My great-grandfather came to California to try his luck at finding gold. I went into a gambling casino to try my luck.
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try your luck

COMMON If someone tries their luck, they try something and hope that it will be successful. The most obvious thing would be to try her luck in London. Someone told me there's a railway station at Wexter, and I thought I'd try my luck by rail again.
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try your luck (at something)

do something that involves risk or luck, hoping to succeed.
1964 Mary Stewart This Rough Magic I finally decided, after three years of juvenile leads in provincial rep that it was time to try my luck in London.
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try your ˈluck (at something)

try to do or get something, hoping you will succeed: A friend told me the job was available, so I thought I’d try my luck.
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try (one's) luck

To attempt something without knowing if one will be successful.
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References in classic literature ?
While he was trying his luck in milking, and managing the matter very clumsily, the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome; and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down; and there he lay a long while senseless.
The 33-year-old had been trying his luck at the Infiniti Mega Raffle for 10 years without success.
Our reporter took advantage of his privileged position and wasted no time in trying his luck with the collection of beauties.
Haneefa, who has been trying his luck every year since he came to Dubai eight years ago, won the DSS Grand Raffle Draw this year and says he can't wait to lay his hand on the prize.
And instead of trying his luck with a Champions League contender he opted to hook up with a club that avoided relegation from the Premier League last season by the narrowest of margins.
When he was told he was inappropriately dressed, amused Steve slipped out of the pub and took off the tracksuit before trying his luck again.
Fleet introduced new signing Peter Hawkins at the break, but Stevenage continued to be in charge with Miller again trying his luck from long range.
It is very rare to see him trying his luck from distance.
But that doesn't keep Vlad's gay bunkmate, Michael (Robin De Jesus) from swooning - and trying his luck.
Blackpool dominated right up until they conceded the goal, with midfielder David Fox trying his luck on a number of occasions.
As well as trying his luck with Brooke Kinsella and virtually every other female at the National TV Awards aftershow bash, EastEnder Joe Swash, 22, who plays cheeky Mickey Miller, spent much of the night looking cosy with Hollyoaks beauty Jodi Albert.
Afanou played for eight seasons at Bordeaux before trying his luck in the Middle East in a brief move that went sour.