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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That led an American college student to call on women to wear low cut dresses one day to tempt the fates.
ANY people scoff at Cherie Blair's obsession with New Age runes and rituals designed to tempt the fates to smile further upon Britain's top political couple and their brood.
I would have loved to have gone another round,'' Eggeling said, though the nervous giggle that punctuated that statement suggested she was relieved not to have had to tempt the fates.
When we first launched the UCF in 2004 it was an idea that was perhaps just a bit ahead of its time, but as regulatory demands grow, rationalizing IT compliance controls has quickly become a business necessity for those who would rather not tempt the fates," says Craig Isaacs, CEO of Network Frontiers.