be a recipe for (something)

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be a recipe for (something)

To be likely to cause a particular thing to happen. Studying all night before your final exam is a recipe for disaster. Eating healthy food and exercising regularly is a recipe for longevity.
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The Fairbanks International Airport provides an unusual combination of challenges that are a recipe for stained, soiled and crushed carpet.