tempt fate

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tempt fate

to take a foolish risk because you are depending too much on luck She didn't want to tempt fate by turning down the job and hoping something better would be offered.
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tempt fate/providence

 
1. to do something which involves a risk and may cause something unpleasant to happen I always feel it's tempting fate to leave the house without an umbrella.
2. to cause bad luck for yourself by talking too confidently about a situation It's probably tempting fate to say so, but I haven't had a cold all year.
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tempt fate

Also, tempt the fates. Take a severe risk, as in It's tempting fate to start up that mountain so late in the day, or Patrice thought driving that old car was tempting the fates; it was sure to break down . This expression uses tempt in the sense of "test in a way that involves risk or danger." Earlier idioms with a similar meaning were tempt God, dating from the 1300s, and tempt fortune, first recorded in 1603, with fate appearing about 1700.
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Elsworth said: 'It would be great to get there (pounds 1 million), but we won't tempt providence.
And Frau Becker, whose next appearance in the maternity ward is scheduled for August, would tempt providence by muttering "C'mon, baby" among sweet nothings as the teutonic appeared to be sinking.
Without wishing to tempt providence, the combination of low unemployment, low inflation and low interest rates have provided the ideal platform for the region to prosper.
Elsworth, who admits the emotions stirred by gelding are starting to get to him, said: "It would be lovely if he could crack the million - but we shouldn't tempt providence by talking about it.
I do not want to tempt providence by anticipating a disaster in Solihull, but a disaster could happen and the question would then be whether Solihull could cope,' he warned.
He added: "It looks pretty certain they'll want another one, but I don't want to tempt providence.
Elsworth said: "I don't want to sound confident, because I haven't had a particularly good year and I don't want to tempt providence.
How many we need to stay up is difficult to say and I don't want to tempt providence.
I don't want to tempt providence, but he's in good health and I'm very, very pleased with him.