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Michael IELTS Band 9
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Everyday UK Expressions (2): Don't push your luck!

Imagine saying this to an English teacher:

"I passed my last English test without any preparation at all.  I don't think I'll bother making any effort next time either."

Your English teacher might reply: 

"Don't push your luck!"

Here is a definition of "push your luck" from Cambridge:

to try too hard to get a particular result and risk losing what you have achieved:

She's agreed to help on Saturday, but I think I'd be pushing my luck if I asked her to be here the whole weekend.

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/push-your-luck

Can you make up your own sentence which uses the expression "push your luck"?  Although it's very common in the imperative form ("Don't push your luck"), you can also say things like:

"I think you're starting to push your luck".

Good luck!


Sep 20, 2016 11:33 AM
Comments · 20
Don't push your luck, you are betting everything that you gained.
September 20, 2016

Nice idea, Michael.

Here's another example:

Teenager:  Mum, can I stay out still 10 o'clock tonight? My friends are all going out to the cinema.

Mother: OK, just this once.

Teenager: Thanks. Oh...and actually, there's going to be a party afterwards. So..um.. is it OK if I come home around, say, midnight?

Mother: Don't push your luck! 10 o'clock and not a minute later. Remember you've got school tomorrow.





September 21, 2016
The snake has already swallowed up a fog in one mouthful but it still pushes its luck and swallows an antelope.
September 20, 2016
You've just recovered from an ankle injury so don't try pushing your luck going up that hill on your own. Take the bus.
September 20, 2016

Oh my goodness! How did you manage to imbed all those hyperlinks into your text, Michael?


Here's my example of ”don't push your luck":

"My Japanese restaurant's going extremely well! I might open another branch elsewhere in town!"

"Don't push your luck! You've done well with this one, but don't forget you opened your restaurant in an area with a large Japanese community!"

September 20, 2016
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Michael IELTS Band 9
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English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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German, Italian