lay on the line
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|Verb||1.||lay on the line - expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?"; "She laid her job on the line when she told the boss that he was wrong"|
attempt, essay, try, assay, seek - make an effort or attempt; "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"
stake, adventure, hazard, jeopardize, venture - put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"
bell the cat - take a risk; perform a daring act; "Who is going to bell the cat?"