a hostage to fortune

Definition of a hostage to fortune

  1. 1 British :  something (such as a promise or an action) that someone has made or done that may cause problems in the future

  2. 2 US :  a person whose future success or failure is controlled by luck or fortune

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a person held by one party in a conflict as a pledge pending the fulfillment of an agreement

    :  a person taken by force to secure the taker's demands

    :  one that is involuntarily controlled by an outside influence

  1. :  a hypothetical force or personified power that unpredictably determines events and issues favorably or unfavorably

    :  accident, incident

    :  prosperity attained partly through luck :  success

  1. :  to give good or bad fortune to

    :  to endow with a fortune

    :  happen, chance

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