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  1. RoseSpring's Avatar
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    #1

    Push your luck!

    What does this expression mean?

    Do not push your luck.

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    Re: Push your luck!

    It simply means that when you have been lucky, you should not try to be even luckier but should just be thankful for the luck that you have had.

    If you "push your luck" (too far) then it could turn bad!

    An example could be: If you have just been given an unexpected pay rise (lucky) then asking for an extra month's holiday at the same time would be "pushing your luck"!

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    Re: Push your luck!

    In Am Eng I believe 'press your luck' is possible - maybe preferred (not my language!)

    Informally you can use the elliptical form 'Don't push it' - in which the "it" refers implicitloy to 'your luck'.

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    Re: Push your luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In Am Eng I believe 'press your luck' is possible - maybe preferred (not my language!)

    Informally you can use the elliptical form 'Don't push it' - in which the "it" refers implicitloy to 'your luck'.

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    Both press and push are used in that other language. Push your luck is more common. Both are more usually heard in the negative.

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