play with fire


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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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