run a risk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v run a risk take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Run a risk to incur hazard
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Quotations

  • Millard Drexler
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    “You can't run a business without taking risks.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
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    “The average man's judgment is so poor, he runs a risk every time he uses it.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “A man sits as many risks as he runs.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. risque (It. risico)—Sp. risco, a rock—L. resecāre, to cut off—re-, off, secāre, to cut.

Usage

In literature:

If you kill him, you run a risk of getting into trouble.
"Tom Tufton's Travels" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Do you think I care to run the risk of removing my hat without even a looking-glass to guide me?
"Our Stage and Its Critics" by "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"
A man who does that kind of thing runs risks.
"Lady Connie" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But you cannot run a school without taking risks.
"Cambridge Essays on Education" by Various
You're running a great risk for nothing.
"The Indiscretion of the Duchess" by Anthony Hope
I cannot tell, but it is worth running a little risk to discover.
"For The Admiral" by W.J. Marx
Was Dr. Dale ready to run the risk of a fresh war in South Africa?
"Native Races and the War" by Josephine Elizabeth Butler
It would need a high bribe to induce anybody to run such a risk as that.
"One of the 28th" by G. A. Henty
I'm not so sure, but in order to avoid running any risks, drop your voice a bit and have a cocktail with me!
"The Sorcery Club" by Elliott O'Donnell
You don't mind running the risk of a plunge into the water?
"The Doctor's Dilemma" by Hesba Stretton
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In poetry:

When was ever kingdom made,
Glory bought, or empire won,
When was might guerdon gained
But a mighty risk was run?
"Nec Aspera Terrent" by Cicely Fox Smith
And there isn't a death that sailors dare
From Carrick Roads to the Straits of Le Mair,
Nor a kind of a risk that seamen run,
But Lieutenant Shellback's faced each one.
"Lieutenant Shellback R.N.R." by Cicely Fox Smith
I must not expect," he advised in advance,
"To meet with a dinner got up in perfection,
But must run the risk of the luck and the chance,
As candidates do on the day of election."
"Nothing To Eat" by Horatio Alger Jr
It is not in the papers, for the Censor deems it best;
But we sometimes hear a little, and we sometimes guess the rest,
And where there's any risk to run, or any death to dare,
You may seek the Silent Navy . . . and be sure you'll find it there!
"The Silent Navy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Michael Vick has the right to complain, but being a running QB comes with risks.
A new government study found that men and women who live together before marriage no longer run a higher risk of divorcing like they did in years ago.
A Bank Run Teaches the 'Plain People' About the Risks of Modernity .
Environmental optimists run the risk, however, of ending up like a kid who expected a puppy for Christmas and got socks instead.
But writers who rely on them run a risk.
Running for office is always a risk if you are already a city employee, because you have to quit your job to do it.
Without one, Latino immigrants in California risk having their car towed whenever they're pulled over by police for running a stop sign or having a busted taillight.
One can't be too careful, a woman runs a terrible risk.
These edibles make thoughtful gifts that run no risk of winding up wedged in the depths of a kitchen drawer.
The footage is a key piece of evidence for critics who claim the privately run Idaho Correctional Center uses inmate-on-inmate violence to force prisoners to snitch on their cellmates or risk being moved to extremely violent units.
His opponents, who ran the Railways deep in the red for a decade before Lalu took over, say it's easy to make huge profits running a railroad , if you overload the wagons and risk train wrecks.
Learn about the inspection process and what you can specifically do to mitigate your risk and run a safer operation.
Paul Mulshine laments speed traps, and posits a choice between risking a ticket and being run over by a monster truck ("Life in the fast lane's a trap," March 4).
A DC woman who risked her life to help police nab a bank robber says she believed she was supposed to get a $5,000 reward from police, but instead all she got was the run-around.
But if you're often sleepy during the day or if you sleep late on weekends to try to catch up, you're likely running a sleep deficit and are at risk.
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In science:

We have also seen that the concept of information offers the possibility of treating every problem with a great deal of generality, but nevertheless this approach runs the risk of confusing the physical phenomena, with any simulation of them, since they share the same amount of information.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
This allows us to stop a simulation and carry on later, which is especially useful for long running simulations that face the risk of hardware failure or system maintenance before they are done.
Random Number Generators: A Survival Guide for Large Scale Simulations
Any proponent of a new scientific theory justified by the CRM runs the risk of embarassment if it turns out that the theory not only fails to compress the dataset but actually inflates it.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Our resulting Randomized Rounding (R2 ) Forecaster has a parameter trading off regret performance and computational complexity, and runs in polynomial time (for T predictions, it requires computing O(T 2 ) empirical risk minimizers in general, as opposed to O(T ) for generic follow-the-leader algorithms).
Efficient Online Learning via Randomized Rounding
In contrast, re-observing systems with p1 > 0.05 in the hope of discovering hitherto undetected e’s runs the following risks: that e remains undetectable; that e is significant but a perturbation is detected; that e is significant and no perturbation is detected but e is too small for detection of K3 .
Spectroscopic binaries with elliptical orbits
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