- give hostage to fortune
- To take an action or make a statement that is risky because it could cause you trouble later.
, He was very cautious with his words and gave no hostages to fortune.
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give a hostage to fortune — formal, formal if something gives a hostage to fortune, it may cause problems in the future. She could never be president because her journalistic work gives too many hostages to fortune … New idioms dictionary
a hostage to fortune — an act, commitment, or remark that is regarded as unwise because it invites trouble or could prove difficult to live up to making objectives explicit is to give a hostage to fortune * * * a hostage to fortune ◇ In British English, a hostage to… … Useful english dictionary
fortune — noun /ˈfɔːtjuːn/ a) Destiny or fate. b) A chance. Ant: misfortune See Also: fortunate, unfortunate, give hostage to fortune … Wiktionary
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