Expressions using Themes (e.g. Collocations, IELTS, Business English)

How to Talk About Taking Risks

The following pages provide you with some great vocabulary for talking about taking risks and discussing risk in the workplace.

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Can you identify the meanings of these mixed-up idioms?

Idiom

=

Meanings

risk life and limb

?

to avoid risk by being careful 

risk one's neck

?

a situation where something bad or a disaster almost occurred

calculated risk

?

a chance taken after careful estimation of the probable outcome

on the line

?

to call for help when you are not really in danger

play it safe

?

to do something that might cause severe injury or death

a close shave

?

to accept the chance of physical harm in order to accomplish something

cry wolf

?

to put something in danger or at risk

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Answer Key

Idiom

=

Meanings

risk life and limb

?

to do something that might cause severe injury or death

risk one's neck

?

to accept the chance of physical harm in order to accomplish something

calculated risk

?

a chance taken after careful estimation of the probable outcome

on the line

?

to put something in danger or at risk

play it safe

?

to avoid risk by being careful

a close shave

?

a situation where something bad or a disaster almost occurred

cry wolf

?

to call for help when you are not really in danger

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