tempt fate


: to do something that is very risky or dangerous
Race car drivers tempt fate every time they race.

Examples of tempt fate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Memo to event planners everywhere: Don’t tempt fate by planning a high-profile gathering in the Loop this week. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 6 July 2023 Since that turned out 100% accurate, why not tempt fate again? Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 8 Oct. 2021 Instead of tempt fate with López, Hyde called on reliever Paul Fry, who needed just one pitch for Soto to chop to third. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 24 July 2021 That will require teams to go with a full five-person rotation (or tempt fate and tiring out arms in a series without off-days with a bullpen game). Michael Rand, Star Tribune, 22 Sep. 2020 In a nod to the big-picture realities of the pandemic, the bored Millennials tempt fate with their nonchalance toward an unseen danger. Elizabeth Horkley, The Atlantic, 19 Aug. 2020 Faith Pinho: To engage with uncleanliness is to tempt fate. The Foretold Team, Los Angeles Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Steven Gerrard, the Rangers manager, will not tempt fate. New York Times, 29 Jan. 2021 Already, several schools have decided to take a football sabbatical rather than tempt fate this fall: Division II Morehouse College and Division III’s Bowdoin College and Rensselaer Polytechnic. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 2 July 2020 See More

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“Tempt fate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tempt%20fate. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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