Share this entry

tempt fate (or providence)

Definition of tempt fate or providence in English:

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
See parent entry: tempt

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

More on tempt fate or providence


Translate tempt fate or providence

into German
Word of the day whippersnapper
Pronunciation: ˈwɪpəsnapə
noun
a young, inexperienced person considered presumptuous or overconfident...