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be a recipe for (something)

To be likely to cause a particular thing to happen. Studying all night before your final exam is a recipe for disaster. Eating healthy food and exercising regularly is a recipe for longevity.
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a recipe for disaster

COMMON If you say that something is a recipe for disaster, you mean that it is very likely to have unpleasant consequences or lead to failure. Trying to be trendy when dealing with teenagers is a sure recipe for disaster. Ignoring the human aspect of IT projects is a recipe for disaster.
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a recipe for disaster

something that is very likely to lead to a bad outcome.
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a recipe for diˈsaster, sucˈcess, etc.

a method or an idea that seems likely to have a particular result: That idea sounds like a recipe for disaster.What’s her recipe for success?
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This app is perfect for people who like to cook new and innovative dishes but are tired of trying to find their recipes when needed.
If mailed, recipes must be postmarked on or before March 31; online recipes must be received by March 31.
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Barbeque'n With Bobby: Righteous Down-Home Recipes by Bobby Scale, Ten Speed Press May 1988, $12.
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The Black Family Reunion Cookbook: Recipes and Food Memories by National Council of Negro Women, Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group April 1993, $14, ISBN 0-671-79629-1
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Meatless Ideals for Working People--Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes ($12) by Debra Wasserman.