a hostage to fortune

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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

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“A hostage to fortune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/a%20hostage%20to%20fortune. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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