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tempt fate

1. To do something that one knows is dangerous or likely to have a negative outcome. You're really tempting fate by not taking your car in for service when all these dashboard lights are on.
2. To invite bad luck or unpleasant situations by showing one's confidence in something. I'm afraid to tempt fate, but I really think I did well on the exam.
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tempt someone into something

to lure or seduce someone into something. Could I tempt you into going swimming? She would not be tempted into eating the rich and fattening cake.
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tempt someone to do something

to entice someone to do something. You can't tempt me to eat any of that cake! I wasn't even tempted to go into town with the others.
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tempt someone with something

to entice someone with something. Can I tempt you with a bit of chocolate cake? I was tempted with a free book if I sent in my name, but I decided against it.
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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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tempt fate

1. If someone tempts fate, they take unnecessary risks or do something that may bring them bad luck. They charged the organisers with tempting fate by sending so many ill-prepared crews into such dangerous waters. Note: You can also say that someone tempts providence. I used to take the most appalling risks because it was in my nature to push everything to the extreme. I was tempting providence all the time.
2. If you tempt fate, you talk too confidently about something which may go wrong. While I wouldn't want to tempt fate, almost every time this team has been put under pressure, they've triumphed. Note: You can also say that someone tempts providence. I'm 36 and I'd hate to tempt providence and say I'm going to get pregnant.
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tempt fate (or providence)

act rashly. informal
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tempt ˈfate/ˈprovidence

take a risk or do something dangerous: ‘I don’t think I’ll insure my boat.’ ‘Don’t tempt fate. It’s best to insure it.’
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Having declined each urging of the tempter, Jesus finds himself alone in the wilderness save for the angels who come to him as table-waiters.
Satan is enemy of God and tempter of the godly; he is also God's specially commissioned trier of godly consciences--an arrangement whose nettling ambiguity permits Johnstone to appreciate the horror of demonic sensibility but also to view demonism in a positive light.
After four years' hard graft, Sara has recently taken a back seat at Tempter and fulfilled her love of art.
I find this story especially encouraging, having periodically been tempted to painful self-doubts and fears about my competence myself--not by some supernatural tempter like Mara but rather by fluctuating student evaluations sometimes critical for gender-specific rather than academic reasons.
It is associated with malice, deceit, and destruction through its Biblical depiction as the tempter of innocence; but its older meaning, derived from its ability to shed its skin, is that of regeneration--the renewal of life--and bodily immortality (Jobes 1469: both layers of meaning are appropriate to Lord Voldemort (4)).
In chapter two ("The Devil as Tempter") Dendle discusses the devil in his traditional role as tempter and in particular his relationship to the human soul in the process that leads from temptation to sin.
Fishing a small Hares Ear as tempter from a boat at the Great Pool, Colin England of Kenilworth had an eight trout catch which included a 'Blue' trout scaling in at 9lb 4oz.
A Tortilla Tempter, Stilton and Red Onion Tempter and a Stilton and Cranberry Tempter are available in the range, and all come in 1kg bags, in cases of 5 x 1kg.
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While parents are enjoying leftover turkey legs from the Thanksgiving feast, they can even check the final calorie count for all those yummy morsels with the Turkey Tempter tool under the PTA link on Enlighten Me.
And, given the stats, there's a tempter to have the Wolves-draw double result at 14-1.
If I lose my tempter with a member of staff, afterwards we'll go for a drink.
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He began to lose his tempter more frequently with her for no apparent reason," she said.
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