Chance your arm

What does "Chance your arm" mean?

Today it means: Take a risk.

To chance your arm was to quite literally to do something that you could lose your rank badge for. Rank badges are usually worn on your arm so if you took a chance by doing something risky or even illegal you chance your arm.

   

By SailingQuiz October 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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