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    Default I take my own chances

    What does "I take my own chances" mean in this context?

    A: He has never committed a crime in his life. He was wrongly convicted.
    B: And you are innocent as well I suppose?
    A: Certainly not, I take my own chances.

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    Default Re: I take my own chances

    Quote Originally Posted by lukre View Post
    What does "I take my own chances" mean in this context?

    A: He has never committed a crime in his life. He was wrongly convicted.
    B: And you are innocent as well I suppose?
    A: Certainly not, I take my own chances.
    I don't know. Was it a native speaker who said? It's vaguely familiar - Shawshank Redemption?

    There is an expression 'I take my chances' (no 'own') meaning 'when an opportunity arises I make the most of it' - but I don't see how that could fit this context. Perhaps he's using 'take' as in 'take a punishment', and 'my own chances' to mean 'my personal destiny, for which I'm responsible' - so that what he's saying is 'I've done the crime, I recognize I must do the time'.

    I'm really not sure though.

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