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Hi this is Tutor Nick P and this is Idioms 226. The idiom. today is to tempt fate
or sometimes you might even hear tempt providence. Even though, I think Tempt fate
is more common. All right. Let's take a look at a few definitions here. So if someone
tempts fate or providence... so you use them both this way, he or she talks too
confidently about something which could go wrong or could possibly go wrong. Or
number two. If someone tempts fate , he or she takes too many unnecessary risks or
does something that may bring bad luck. So we often say ... don't tempt
fate. Don't tempt providence. All right. So
here's number one. The first example is an a/b part. A says I am I'm very healthy. I
never get sick. And B says be careful you shouldn't say things like that. You don't
want to tempt fate. You know, fate I mean if you believe in fate
or you believe in destiny , you believe in that there might be some powerful force
out there that kind of looks over us and if maybe you say something like I never
get sick. And maybe that whatever that force is may look down and say never get sick.
Okay. Well now you just got sick. You know, you're you're tempting fate. So it kind
of has ... it kind of feels that way. That's what they mean by to tempt fate. Let's
look at number two. I'm the best there is. No competition... there is no competition
who can beat me. Yeah. So this is one where like we talked
about here where you could be overconfident. somebody. Yeah. tempt providence. Because
somebody's too confident about something. Sometimes you're too confident. You speak
this way. Again maybe you're tempting fate. Maybe those forces out there. Oh you
think you can never lose. Okay. We'll do something to make you lose today.
So B will say here. It's good to be confident but you shouldn't say that. You
don't want to tempt providence. Providence also is like tempting fate -
it's the same idea or it's that the care of God or the fates that controls you
that's what Providence is supposed to be. So let's look at number three
stop walking across that narrow wall I know your balance is good but you don't
want to tempt fate. All right again. This might go under the
second part here where maybe somebody is taking unnecessary risks or unnecessary
chances like I'll be careful I know you're good but you know, you never know
something could happen Don't tempt fate. Okay. Anyway I hope you
got it I hope . I hope it's clear. Thank you for your time. Bye -bye
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English Tutor Nick P Idioms (226) Tempt Fate

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anitawu12 published on May 25, 2019
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