Definition of Take a chance

1. Verb. Take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome. "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

Exact synonyms: Adventure, Chance, Gamble, Hazard, Risk, Run A Risk, Take Chances
Generic synonyms: Assay, Attempt, Essay, Seek, Try
Specialized synonyms: Go For Broke, Luck It, Luck Through
Derivative terms: Adventure, Adventurer, Adventurer, Chance, Gamble, Gambler, Hazard, Risk

Definition of Take a chance

1. Verb. (idiomatic) To risk; to try something risky. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Take A Chance

take a back seat
take a bath
take a bead on
take a bite
take a bow
take a break
take a breath
take a breather
take a bullet
take a chance (current term)
take a chill pill
take a crack at
take a dare
take a dim view of
take a dip
take a dive
take a firm stand
take a gamble
take a gander
take a grab
take a guess
take a hike

Literary usage of Take a chance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Letters to a Young Lawyer by Arthur Merton Harris (1912)
"You never know; and you see, my boy, sometimes it pays to take a chance. I nearly turned gray when I thought how close I had come to throwing Tim and a ..."

2. Motivation & Learning: A Teacher's Guide to Building Excitement for Learning by Spence Rogers, Jim Ludington, Shari Graham (1999)
"Take-A-Chance Cards are to help students believe that it is indeed okay to try something ... take a chance! I have a great idea and want to give it a try. ..."

3. Teaching Tips: 105 Ways to Increase Motivation & Learningby Spence Rogers by Spence Rogers (1999)
"Try giving the students either "Take-a Chance" or "Quality" Cards to be used with the tasks for which the quality of performance is more important than ..."

4. Wilson's Photographic Magazine (1908)
"Why, then the photographer and the caller out decide between themselves on whether they are people it will pay to take a chance on, and if they decide yes, ..."

5. Success in the Small Shop by John Herbert Van Deventer (1918)
"It pays to "take a chance" where the loss, if any, is certain to be small, ... It does not pay to take a chance which, while holding out prospects of ..."

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