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The Idiom Attic - a collection of hundreds of English idioms, each one explained.

"risk" idioms...

See also, the Phrase Thesaurus list of phrases that contain the word risk

and, a list of phrases that relate in some way the word risk

" A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush "
Meaning:
It’s better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing.
Example:
The questions in the final round looked hard so we opted out of the big prize and took the smaller $2,000 second prize. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush you know.
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One of the most widely used proverbs throughout the English-speaking world.
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" Give the benefit of the doubt "
Meaning:
Decide to believe a statement which isn't proven.
Example:
He says he used to run the 100 yards in 10 seconds. I'm not sure but he looks pretty fit so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 15th century.
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" Play safe "
Meaning:
Avoid risk.
Example:
We could have invested in that new stock but we decided to play safe and wait for a more secure place for our money.
Where did it originate?:
USA, late 19th century.
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" Vatican roulette "
Meaning:
The rhythm method of birth control.
Example:
It's a real dilemma for my wife and me. I know Bridget is a Catholic and that condoms aren't allowed, but I don't want kids yet and Vatican roulette is just too risky for me.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 1960s
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" Your guess is as good as mine "
Meaning:
I have no idea.
Example:
Who will win the Grand National this year? Your guess is as good as mine.
Where did it originate?:
Britain, 20th century.
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