to press your luck

Idiom Definition

"to press your luck"

to attempt to gain more from a good situation usually at the risk of losing what you have gained

Idiom Definition - to press your luck


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to press your luck

Johnny is busy bothering his mother to buy him a new video game.  After a couple of hours of asking, Johnny's mother relents and tells Johnny that she will buy him a new video game.  Johnny continues to bother his mother about when she will buy the game.  Johnny wants his mother to go to the store right now but Johnny's mother is busy with housework and other chores and will not go to the store until later that day.  Johnny asks his mother one more time if she will go to the store right now.  Johnny's mother replies ...

"If you continue to press your luck, young man, then I won't buy you any game at all."

Johnny understands this and stops bothering his mother.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to press your luck

Ned has enjoyed hosting the Friday night poker game for he and his friends for a couple of years now.  One day Ned decides that it would be even more fun to have poker night on Friday and Saturday night.  Ned approaches Grace to ask if it is OK if he hosts a poker game on Saturday night as well.  Grace replies ...

"I have never liked Friday night poker.  The house always smells of stale smoke and beer and there is always a lot of cleaning to do afterwards.  I wouldn't press my luck if I were you."

If Ned asks Grace again about another poker night, Grace may very well deny Ned the Friday night poker game.

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to press your luck - Gerund Form:

Pressing your luck can often result in losing what you have gained.

to press your luck - Examples:

1)  I press my luck when I ask my wife to watch a second horror movie.

2)  You press your luck when you speed on the highway.

3)  He presses his luck when he continues to gamble when his winning streak is ending.

4)  She presses her luck when she asks for an extra $50 to go shopping.

5)  The government presses its luck when it continues to raise taxes without giving more services.

6)  We press our luck when we continue to argue with the referee.

7)  You (all) press your luck when you ask the boss for extra holidays.

8)  They press their luck when they don't put money in the parking meter.

9)  Whether or not you want to press your luck and tread the thin line among edible and non-edible is a risk.

10)  If you prefer to press your luck indoors, Beaumont is conveniently-located to several casinos that offer plenty of ways to play.

11)  Give haggling a try if you feel comfortable, but don't press your luck with a flustered shopkeeper.

12)  Even I know enough not to press my luck.

13)  It was definitely Hector, and I decided not to press my luck.

14)  I was in my mid-twenties and I didn't want to press my luck

15)  Thinking it must be working again he decided to press his luck and take the lift for another spin.

16)  He decides to press his luck, and calls Kang-seok over to his desk in class.

17) It's understandable why he wouldn't press his luck

18) My wife went to the Bank of China to press her luck

19)  Did Computer Company T press its luck last year?

20)  Had you been pressing your luck by speeding along the entire length of highway?