mortgage the/one's future

Definition of mortgage the/one's future

chiefly US, disapproving
:to borrow a large amount of money that will have to be paid back in the future
  • The city has mortgaged its future to pay for the new stadium.
sometimes used figuratively
  • Some critics say that she has mortgaged her political future on a program that is likely to fail.

Word by Word Definitions

mortgage play
  1. : a conveyance (see conveyance 2a) of or lien against property (as for securing a loan) that becomes void upon payment or performance according to stipulated terms

  2. : the instrument evidencing the mortgage

  3. : the state of the property so mortgaged

  1. : to grant or convey by a mortgage

  2. : to subject to a claim or obligation : pledge

future play
  1. : that is to be

  2. : of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense expressive of time yet to come

  3. : existing or occurring at a later time

  1. : time that is to come

  2. : what is going to happen

  3. : an expectation of advancement or progressive development


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