a recipe for disaster

a recipe for disaster

Something, especially an activity, behavior, or method of doing something, that is very likely to cause a very negative or detrimental outcome. Studying all night and getting no sleep before your final exam is a recipe for disaster. In hindsight, having the two sides of the family sitting at the same table for such a long stretch of time was always going to be a recipe for disaster.
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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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Everyone who went to the matches this year knew that Karanka's style of play was a recipe for disaster, he should have been finished after the Charlton walkout.
Shadow Charities Minister Lisa Nandy will warn a TUC and Children England conference in London: "These proposals will let a company decide what happens to children - a recipe for disaster.
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It's a recipe for disaster for us,'' Idaho coach Leonard Perry said of the matchup.
That's a recipe for disaster if - and when - the ``big one'' strikes.
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