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play with fire

To do something that risks causing one harm, damage, or misfortune; to do something dangerous. They're playing with fire if they think they can get away with dodging these corporate taxes. Jen swears she's being safe when she experiments with drugs, but I think she's playing with fire.
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play with fire

 
1. Lit. to use fire as a toy; to experiment with flames and fire. Jimmy! I've told you never to play with fire!
2. Fig. to do something dangerous or risky. (Usually playing with fire.) Be careful with that knife! You are playing with fire! If you mess with Max, you are playing with fire.
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play with fire

Take part in a dangerous undertaking, as in You're playing with fire if you go behind his back and commit his department. Although the idea behind this metaphor is ancient, it was first recorded only in 1655.
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play with fire

take foolish risks.
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play with ˈfire

take unnecessary and dangerous risks: Be very careful, Mike. You’re playing with fire.If you ask me she’s playing with fire, getting involved with a married man.
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play with fire

in. to do something dangerous or risky. Going out at night in a neighborhood like that is playing with fire.
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play with fire

To take part in a dangerous or risky undertaking.
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A fire brigade spokesman said: "The fire appears to have been caused by children playing with fire.
As 86 per cent of all fires in the brigade areas are arson-related, it is important that we educate children early on the dangers of playing with fire.
Crew manager at South Shields, John Reay, said: "We are asking parents to know where their children are and to warn them of the dangers of playing with fire.
Warnings to youngsters about playing with fire are obviously going unheeded.
Little does he know that he is playing with fire when he agrees to sell his soul.
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Watch commander Andy Dennis, from Billesley fire station, said: "The fire is still being investigated, but it appears that the children were playing with fire and they were badly injured.
As the UK lives in fear of renewed terrorist attacks, South Wales teenagers are playing with fire.
Children living near wasteland are being warned by Northumbria Police about the dangers of playing with fire.
Orr's own autobiographical novel, ``Points of Origin: Playing with Fire,'' was released by a small publisher after it served as evidence in his trial.
THE Tories were accused of playing with fire yesterday after they continued to demand a halt to the release of terrorist prisoners.
Britain and France are playing with fire by pushing Europe to lift an arms embargo.
It shows the consequences of playing with fire and we would remind young people of the very serious dangers they face.