At a venture
Venture Ven"ture (?; 135), n. [Aphetic form of OE. aventure. See {Adventure}.] 1. An undertaking of chance or danger; the risking of something upon an event which can not be foreseen with certainty; a hazard; a risk; a speculation. [1913 Webster]

I, in this venture, double gains pursue. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. An event that is not, or can not be, foreseen; an accident; chance; hap; contingency; luck. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. The thing put to hazard; a stake; a risk; especially, something sent to sea in trade. [1913 Webster]

My ventures are not in one bottom trusted. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{At a venture}, at hazard; without seeing the end or mark; without foreseeing the issue; at random. [1913 Webster]

A certain man drew a bow at a venture. --1 Kings xxii. 34. [1913 Webster]

A bargain at a venture made. --Hudibras. [1913 Webster]

Note: The phrase at a venture was originally at aventure, that is, at adventure. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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