Take the risk or hazard of, as in I don't know if there's a later bus but let's chance it. The verb to chance alone was so used for a time, as in Let's just chance the rain—I'm not buying a new umbrella! [Late 1800s] Also see take a chance.
Is It Tis Or ‘Tis?What does ‘tis mean? ‘Tis, as in “`tis the season” is an old—very old—contraction of it is. The apostrophe replaces the i in the word it to create ’tis . . . not quite how we create contractions today. According to Google’s Ngram Viewer, the contraction ’tis was a fan favorite in the early 1700s. At this time, it was likely used more often than it’s. Why is ’tis used? ‘Tis …
Why Is It Called Soccer?The most popular sport in the world is one in which people chase after a ball and kick it with their feet (and give it an occasional head-butt). In most places where this sport is enjoyed it is referred to in a straightforward fashion: football. No matter whether the language is Spanish (fútbol), French (football), German (fußball), Icelandic (fótbolta), Albanian (futboll), or Dutch (voetbal), you …
threaten, imperil, expose, menace, endanger, jeopardize, compromise, peril, risk, stake, hazard, chance, gamble, venture, jeopardy, jeopard
- chan chan,
- chance music,
- chance on,
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