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give hostage to fortune
To do or say something that could jeopardize future success or cause misfortune later on. With the economy at such a precarious level at the moment, the president made it clear that he would take no action that would give hostage to fortune.
fortune is smiling (up)on (someone)
Someone is especially lucky, fortunate, or successful; good things tend to happen to someone. I hear that Jenny just won some major award, so soon after her huge promotion. It seems that fortune is smiling on her at the moment! Fortune has been smiling upon my younger brother since he was little: things have just always worked out for the best for him.
fortune smiles (up)on someone
Someone is especially lucky, fortunate, or successful; good things tend to happen to someone. I hear that Jenny just won some major award, so soon after her huge promotion. It seems that fortune smiles on her at the moment! If you're going into business for yourself, just remember that fortune smiles upon those who are willing to take risks.
tell (someone's) fortune
To (profess to) anticipate and inform someone about certain outcomes or events in his or her near or distant future. This old lady in the apartment next to mine offered to tell my fortune for ten bucks. I never go in for stuff like that, but I'll admit that I'm a bit curious.
To (profess to) anticipate, and inform about, future outcomes or see what future events will take place. There's this old lady in the apartment next to mine who tells fortunes for ten bucks. I never go in for stuff like that, but I'll admit that I'm a bit curious.
the wheel of fortune
The incidental, unforeseen, or random occurrences of life. (Alludes to the wheel that the goddess Fortune was believed to spin, which determined the fate in a person's life.) There's no knowing how this whole thing will pan out—we just have to leave it up to the wheel of fortune.
fortune favors the bold
Courageous action is often rewarded. The phrase encourages people to do what scares them. A variation is "fortune favors the brave." I know you're nervous about asking for a raise, but keep in mind that fortune favors the bold—you'll never get anything if you don't ask for it. I decided to ask out the most popular girl in school because fortune favors the bold, right?
hostage to fortune
An act or situation that could create future problems. A company that publicly supports an unpopular political stance often creates a hostage to fortune.
A large amount of money. I had to spend a small fortune to get my car repaired after the transmission started slipping.
soldier of fortune
1. A soldier who serves the person or organization paying him or her, rather than his or her country; a mercenary. Although the nation only had a small population, it boosted the size of its army by hiring soldiers of fortune.
2. A person who seeks adventure or military engagement for money, pleasure, or fame. The novel depicts a soldier of fortune who risks his life for notoriety.
stroke of fortune
An unexpected fortunate occurrence. Meeting my favorite celebrity at the airport was certainly a stroke of fortune that wouldn't have happened if I'd arrived five minutes later. I worked very hard on the script, but getting to pitch it to the producer in the elevator was just a stroke of fortune.
come into (some) moneyand come into a (small) fortune
to get some money unexpectedly, usually by inheritance. She came into a lot of money when she turned twenty. I hope I can come into some money some day.
Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Prov. Your own decisions and your own actions determine what your life will be like. The teacher told us, "If you work hard, you can become whatever you want. Every man is the architect of his own fortune." You shouldn't blame other people for your problems. Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
Fortune favors the brave.and Fortune favors the bold.
Prov. You will have good luck if you carry out your plans boldly. (Used to encourage people to have the courage to carry out their plans.) Fortune favors the bold, Bob. Quit your day job and work on your novel full-time. Jill: Let's wait till next year before trying to start our own business. Jane: No. We'll do it this year. Fortune favors the brave.
a rather sizeable amount of money. This set of wheels cost me a small fortune. I've got a small fortune tied up in test equipment.
a stroke of luck
Fig. a bit of luck; a lucky happening. I had a stroke of luck and found Tom at home when I called. He's not usually there. Unless I have a stroke of luck, I'm not going to finish this report by tomorrow.
a stroke of luckalso a stroke of fortune
something good that happens to you when you do not expect it To walk in and get a job like that was an incredible stroke of luck.
a hostage to fortune(formal)
if something is a hostage to fortune, it could be harmed by things that happen in the future Inviting terrorists to take part in the talks has created a hostage to fortune. (formal)
a small fortune
a lot of money Her hair ought to look good - she spends a small fortune on it.
a soldier of fortune(literary)
someone who fights for any country or group that will pay him A soldier of fortune in the service of both Christian and Muslim kings, he was constantly fighting from 1065.
a stroke of luck
something good that happens to you by chance Phil was driving up to Manchester that evening and gave me a lift so that was a stroke of luck. By a stroke of luck, someone at work happened to be selling very cheaply exactly the piece of equipment that I needed.See put off stride
make a fortune
Also, make a small fortune. Earn a great deal of money, as in He made a fortune on the stock market. Similar expressions are be worth a fortune or small fortune , as in Now that their parents have died, they're worth a small fortune. Make a fortune dates from about 1700, and its use with small from the second half of the 1800s.
try (one's) fortune
To make an effort or take a risk to be successful, especially as a newcomer.