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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.
See also: disaster, recipe
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"Failing to hold those with serious violations accountable could be a recipe for disaster."
IT will be a recipe for disaster if Newcastle United appoint Steve Bruce as their new manager.
"Pretending to yourself and others that all is OK is a recipe for disaster that only builds pressure" That is, of course, a recipe for disaster - a process which leads only to pressure building and building inside until a way has to be found to release it.
"I've always been very wary of saying 'I'd like to do this', because it is a recipe for disaster. It's better to allow things to come randomly and brilliantly" Actress Dame Helen Mirren who says she made a mistake in saying she wanted to play Catherine the Great "Favourite thing to do is anything that makes me feel normal.
I've always been very wary of saying 'I'd like to do this', because it is a recipe for disaster. It's better to allow things to come randomly and brilliantly" - Actress Dame Helen Mirren, who says she made a mistake in saying she wanted to play Catherine the Great.
This, he fears, is a recipe for disaster as far as national food security is concerned, as land is taken over for buildings reducing the space for food crop growing.
Revoking the amnesty of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is a 'recipe for disaster,' lawyer and former presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said on Friday.
KARACHI -- Ruling elite is hell-bent to hold the begging bowl before the door of International Monetary Fund (IMF) for which the caretaker government has already pave way by heavy depreciation of the rupee; however, like the previous IMF loans, yet another bailout of this international lender would be a sure recipe for disaster for Pakistan and Pakistanis, said Pasban e Pakistan President Altaf Shakoor here.
'Ethnic, religious and cultural diversity such as in Malaysia, are said to be the perfect recipe for disaster.
And little wonder, as most people in showbiz reckon working with animals is a recipe for disaster.
Eating food there can be a recipe for disaster and can land you in hospital.
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.
This is with reference to the report "Myanmar's plan to arm non-Muslim 'recipe for disaster'" (Nov.
Having 700 children playing on top of a building is a recipe for disaster, no matter how well fenced off it is."
Further to the letter "Recipe for disaster?" (GDN, June 30), we would like to clarify that the proposed shift will apply to the Bahrain Post sorting centre only, and not Muharraq Post Office itself.