a hostage to fortune

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a hostage to fortune

1 British :something (such as a promise or an action) that someone has made or done that may cause problems in the future
2 US :a person whose future success or failure is controlled by luck or fortune

Word by Word Definitions

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

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

  3. : one that is involuntarily controlled by an outside influence

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

  2. : accident, incident

  3. : prosperity attained partly through luck : success

  1. : to give good or bad fortune to

  2. : to endow with a fortune

  3. : happen, chance


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