ride for a fall

(redirected from they ride for a fall)

ride for a fall

To act in such a reckless, careless, or ignorant way as to likely create danger, conflict, or disaster. I think the prime minister is riding for a fall with her increasingly antagonistic rhetoric against working-class voters. He's earning tons of money now, but he's riding for a fall with the shady investments he's been making lately.
See also: fall, for, ride
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

riding for a fall

Fig. risking failure or an accident, usually due to overconfidence. Tom drives too fast, and he seems too sure of himself. He's riding for a fall. Bill needs to eat better and get more sleep. He's riding for a fall.
See also: fall, for, riding
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

ride for a fall

Court danger or disaster, as in I think that anyone who backs the incumbent is riding for a fall. This idiom alludes to the reckless rider who risks a bad spill. [Late 1800s]
See also: fall, for, ride
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ride for a fall

act in a reckless or arrogant way that invites defeat or failure. informal
This phrase originated as a late 19th-century horse-riding expression, meaning to ride a horse, especially in the hunting field, in such a way as to make an accident likely.
See also: fall, for, ride
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ride for a fall

To court danger or disaster.
See also: fall, for, ride
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

ride for a fall, to

To behave recklessly and heedlessly. The analogy to the daredevil rider has been around since the late nineteenth century. J. D. Salinger used it in The Catcher in the Rye (1951): “I have a feeling that you’re riding for some kind of a terrible, terrible fall.”
See also: for, ride, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
See also:
Full browser ?