take a flier

idiom

US, informal
: to do something that could have either good or bad results : to gamble on something risky
He took a flier in politics soon after getting his degree.
often + on
Investors have been unwilling to take a flier on such a small and unproven company.

Examples of take a flier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His athleticism intrigued the coaching staff enough to take a flier on him, drafting him in the seventh round. Usa Today Network, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 Amid that kind of uncertainty, many investors have decided that if their tokens won’t recover from the steep drop in value that began last November, why not take a flier on a company that sounds crypto-adjacent? David Segal, New York Times, 11 Nov. 2022 Shouldn’t people be allowed to take a flier with their own savings? Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 17 June 2022 Jeffers will provide consistent tackling for any team looking to take a flier on a veteran defensive player. Dallas News, 6 Apr. 2022 But until the combine, most draftniks thought Claypool might have to convert to tight end and was an athlete that some team would take a flier on in the fourth or fifth round. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, 30 Mar. 2020 Bellinger, who likely would have made more than $18 million through arbitration had he been tendered a contract, will now be in the same boat, and is expected to draw plenty of interest from other teams willing to take a flier on a former MVP. Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 In downgrading from Bogey to a Bogey-lite sort in Markkanen, Utah also gets to take a flier on a recent lottery pick who is thought to have defensive-stopper capability. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 June 2022 The Braves did take a flier on him by selecting him in the 39th round of the 40-round draft in 2015. Matt Young, Chron, 7 Apr. 2022 See More

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“Take a flier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20flier. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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