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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

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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In fact he says, "The demon especially tempts the authorities of the Church, just as he tempts every other authority" (Zenit).
The ring -- the real protagonist -- time and time again tempts the good and evil alike with the promise of absolute power.
The ring also tempts a member of Fellowship, a mortal man interested in leading his people into battle against the enemy.
Trying to lighten the moment, Olvaro Huerta warned the mayor that the next day's headlines might read, ``Mayor Tempts Hunger Strikers.
Riordan did tempt the gardeners, encouraging them to end their hunger strike and offering them a free dinner at The Pantry, a restaurant he owns.
Everybody's Doing It: Three-in-10 Americans (31 percent) say that seeing someone else indulge tempts them to do the same, and 20 percent say it inspires them to indulge.
This candy lover's delight tempts with chunks of real Snickers candy; rich nougat ice cream swirled with caramel and fudge; smooth, buttery caramel sauce; whipped topping--and a cherry.
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This short downhill hole will tempt long hitters to try to reach the green with their drives, but the downside to those attempts can be severe, even when the tees are moved up to their 245-yard forward position.