a recipe for (something)

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a recipe for (something)

Something, especially an activity, behavior, or method of doing something, that is very likely to cause the specified outcome. Studying all night and getting no sleep before your final exam is a recipe for disaster. Eating healthy food and exercising regularly is a recipe for longevity. My recipe for success is to keep a healthy balance between work, family life, and socializing with my friends.
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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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References in classic literature ?
Do send me your recipe for them, there's a darling.
"Don't forget to send the Governor's wife the recipe for them," he said.
Felicity, with eyes tearful and cheeks crimson from mortification, rushed from the room, but never, never did the Governor's wife get the recipe for those rusks.
On her first visit to Mercedes Higgins, Saxon received the recipe for home-made soap and her head was filled with a minutiae of instruction in the art of fine washing.
Your mother will add to them a recipe for a certain balsam, which she had from a Bohemian and which has the miraculous virtue of curing all wounds that do not reach the heart.
get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter, and he said it was called "paprika hendl," and that, as it was a national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere along the Carpathians.
Use brings him no relief, and there is no cure for him except time; though I once came across a delicious recipe for overcoming the misfortune.
Crossing the Strait.--The Mrima.--Dick's Remark and Joe's Proposition.--A Recipe for Coffee-making.--The Uzaramo.--The Unfortunate Maizan.--Mount Dathumi.--The Doctor's Cards.--Night under a Nopal.
(and they had better have had wrongs at first, than have taken that bitter English recipe for certainly getting them), who in slow lapse of time and agony had passed safely through other public departments; who, according to rule, had been bullied in this, over-reached by that, and evaded by the other; got referred at last to the Circumlocution Office, and never reappeared in the light of day.
I'll give you the recipe for the digestive dope you'll have to put in.
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All fall, in random hours, I've been looking for my great-grandmother's recipe for corn cakes.
For example, Hugh Plat's Delightes for Ladies contains a recipe for fish paste that requires the cook to mix many types of fish together with breadcrumbs and isinglass (gelatin derived from fish bladder) and then mold the paste further into fish shapes.
Taking pride of place is Chetna Makan, semi-finalist on The Great British Bakeoff in 2014, who has put forward her own personal favourite recipe for sour and spicy potatoes.
* NANCY KENNEY, Adams, Massachusetts, is looking for a recipe for bean and sausage soup that includes kale in the ingredients.