Definition of tempt fate or providence in English:

tempt fate (or providence)

Do something that is risky or dangerous: bike couriers tempt fate at every traffic light
More example sentences
  • He is tempting fate by messing around with a very dangerous drug.
  • I reassured her that it worked fine, which was tempting fate.
  • She was convinced that if she signed a will, she'd be tempting fate.
Synonyms
run a risk, live dangerously, play with fire, sail close to the wind, risk it
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