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a situation in which success and failure are equally likely
involving both failures and successes
if someone has had a chequered past or a chequered career, they have experienced both successes and failures
whether you succeed or fail
if something is in the balance, you do not know whether it will succeed or fail
to be equally likely to succeed or fail in doing something
a variety of situations and experiences that are sometimes good and sometimes bad
an employment concept in which people are paid for each specific, short-term task that they do and don't have conventional contracts of employment
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