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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.
See also: fortune, give, hostage

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.
See also: fortune, hostage

take hostage

1. To hold someone captive and threaten violence to them in order to prevent another party (e.g. the police) from using force or in order to create leverage so that another party will agree to meet some demand. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "hostage." The bank robber took several people hostage in order to negotiate a means of escape with the police. The criminals have taken hostage the daughter of a prominent businesswoman.
2. To assume constraining, limiting control over something in order create leverage to achieve something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "take" and "hostage." The political party has taken the funding bill hostage so it can push through its controversial agenda. It just feels like the company is taking our job security hostage to make us work unreasonable hours.
See also: hostage, take

take hostages

To hold people captive and threaten violence to them in order to prevent another party (e.g. the police) from using force or in order to create leverage so that another party will agree to meet some demand. Police are not sure yet whether the criminals have taken any hostages. We might get a year or two in prison for robbing the joint, but they're going to throw us away for a long time if we start taking hostages.
See also: hostage, take

hold someone hostage

to keep someone as a hostage. The terrorists planned to hold everyone hostage in the airplane. My neighbor was held hostage in his own home by a robber.
See also: hold, hostage

take someone hostage

to kidnap or seize someone to be a hostage. The terrorists planned to take the ambassador hostage. The entire family was taken hostage by the robber.
See also: hostage, take

a hostage to fortune

mainly BRITISH
If someone or something is a hostage to fortune, they have created a situation where bad things may happen to them in the future. Charles had already made himself a hostage to fortune by declaring that 30 was a suitable age to settle down. The proposals were regarded by some as a dangerous hostage to fortune. Note: You can also say that someone gives a hostage to fortune or creates a hostage to fortune if they do something that may cause trouble in the future. Despite persistent questioning, he gave no hostages to fortune in the form of a timetable. Note: Other verbs may be used instead of give or create. By opting for the best, the council recognises that it may have handed a hostage to fortune. Many departments may find it difficult to achieve the new standards that have been set for them. Note: This expression comes from an essay by Francis Bacon, `Of Marriage and Single Life' (1625): `He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune.'
See also: fortune, hostage

a hostage to fortune

an act, commitment, or remark which is regarded as unwise because it invites trouble or could prove difficult to live up to.
The original hostages to fortune were a man's family, the allusion being to Francis Bacon's essay on marriage ( 1625 ): ‘He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune’.
See also: fortune, hostage

a ˌhostage to ˈfortune

an action which may cause you great trouble in the future: Are you really sure you want to know who your real mother is? It may be taking a hostage to fortune, you know.
See also: fortune, hostage
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Police earlier said they had been in contact with the man via the telephones of the hostages, describing his manner as calm and not making any demands.
At the risk of being shot, Buada, commander of the Army's 15th Scout Ranger Company, slowly walked through the rubble and tried to get near the building, where hungry and thirsty hostages were anxiously waiting to be rescued.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an had said that Turkish officials did not bargain with ISIL militants for the release of the hostages.
ISIS is believed to be holding nine of 25 Lebanese servicemen taken hostage by Islamist militants during clashes with the Lebanese Army in Arsal last August.
During their captivity, the hostages were sustained by support, including private medical visits and food, from the UNODC Hostage Support Programme, funded by private donations from Oceans Beyond Piracy, a private foundation, and working in conjunction with the Thai Embassy in Nairobi.
This article will contextualize the threat and response dynamics of barricade hostage incidents through an historical lens, followed by an examination of the characteristics of contemporary hostage sieges and their implications for counterterrorism policy.
Unconfirmed report by Sky News claims there have been two people killed and about three others injured in the hostage drama.
In an earlier interview, Daniel said that at the time, the hostage-taker and his hostage were locked inside a room that can only be accessed through the main gate - which was right in front of the Optima Building in N.
However, in most hostage/crisis situations, valuable information--such as the number and types of weapons possessed, the number of hostages taken, the nature of injuries that have occurred, and an explanation for the motive--is extremely difficult to obtain until negotiations between the hostage negotiation cell and the hostage taker are well underway.
For years with the knowledge, and some suspect the consent, of the Egyptian government, human trafficking has been going on in the north-eastern part of the Sinai with Bedouins from the Rashaida tribe holding human refugees hostage, demanding unbelievable sums of money for their release.
It was the latest development in a hostage drama that began on Wednesday when militants seized hundreds of workers from 10 nations at Algeria's remote Ain Amenas natural gas plant.
THE Algerian hostage situation has ended with 48 people dead - 34 of them hostages and 14 kidnappers.
The hostage-taker was shot in the leg when he emerged from the bank with one hostage, prompting him to shelter inside.
A police official in Toulouse said that the hostage that has been released, is a woman.
Dubai Dubai Police freed an Asian man after he was allegedly kidnapped by five Asian men who held him hostage for a ransom of Dh1 million.