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Risk it/Run the risk/take my chances

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Hi Group,

I heard a sencence that goes like this "I don't wanna risk it" means run the risk or take my chances. Can someone help me out explaing the differences and the meaning of "risk it" "run the risk" and "take my chances" and can you give me an example of each one to understand better the meaning and the context.

Thanks in advance,


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Risk it\run the risk of are basically the same, though the first would be about a known situation and the second would have to state the danger.

I knew I might get the sack, but I decided to risk it.
I didn't do it because I didn't want to run the risk of losing my job.

take my chances- IMHO, this one is normally used in the positive.

People said I would probably fail, but I decided to take my chances.
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