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a hostage to fortune

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englisha hostage to fortunea hostage to fortuneRISKsomething that you have promised to do that may cause you problems in the future hostage
Examples from the Corpus
a hostage to fortuneSenior Tories who dismissed the tax guarantee as a hostage to fortune will feel vindicated by Mr Hague's backdown.But this development of local state institutions can be a hostage to fortune.Making objectives explicit is a hostage to fortune and the failure to do so may reflect a shrewd awareness. 2.
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