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  • v. To risk; to try something risky.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome


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  • With Carolyn Otto on one side of me, and Geoff Sanders on the other, I sat before the gray-headed elected official of eighteen years and watched as he seemed to be wrestling with his convictions, trying to decide whether to override his top prosecutor and gain favor with me, or back his man and take a chance on me holding a grudge.

    Street Judge

  • He should postpone his marriage, go to Arizona, and take a chance on being designated to escort this problematical poor fellow to St. Elizabeth's, the Federal asylum at

    Manuscript Draft: Walter Reed: Doctor in Uniform, by Laura Wood, [19 -- ]

  • The OIA wasn't about to spring for a custodian, and we couldn't take a chance hiring an outside service to clean, so we'd lucked out when Iris volunteered to play maid.


  • Thus, although conflict among intimates can have more tragic results than among less intimate persons, in the light of the circumstances discussed, precisely the most firmly grounded relation may take a chance at discord, whereas good and moral but less deeply rooted relationships apparently follow a much more harmonious and conflictless course.

    Conflict and The Web of Group-Affiliations

  • This week, investors will be asked to take a chance on Shanghai-based Taomee Holdings Ltd., a children's entertainment and media company that is trying to raise $79 million through an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TAOM.

    Taomee Gets Set For Debut

  • Gram was a very powerful man because of his beautiful wife, so I was surprised to see that he would take a chance on giving all of that up just for a night with Carolyn Otto.

    Street Judge

  • Dismounted and crouched behind a knoll, with the M113 20 metres farther back, he decided to take a chance and, if necessary, cut it fine in order to shoot this bird.

    First Clash

  • Quite a few were willing to take a chance on the rrôn and … well, worse … and on the whims of treacherous wizards, in spite of the circumstances.

    Memory of Fire


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