be playing with fire

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be playing with fire

To be doing something that risks causing one harm, damage, or misfortune; to be doing 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.
See also: fire, play

be playing with fire

COMMON If you are playing with fire, you are doing something that has big risks and is likely to cause problems. Rebel MPs are playing with fire and endangering the party's re-election. Schulte warned industrial leaders that those who even think about mass layoffs are playing with fire.
See also: fire, play
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Khan further said people think I am playing with fire and might be disqualified but they must know one thing it will be a small price to pay to rid Pakistan of corruption mafias God Father.
But my sister says I am playing with fire and should go away with my husband instead.
My friends think I am playing with fire and that I risk losing a stable future for my family if I continue this affair.
I know that I am playing with fire, and I feel the thrill which accompanies that most fascinating pastime; and, back of it all, I think I find a sort of savage and diabolical desire to gather up all the little tragedies of my life, and turn them into a practical joke on society.