Give-hostage-to-fortune definition

(idiomatic) To take an action or make a statement that is risky because it could cause you trouble later.
  • 1612, Francis Bacon, Of Marriage and Single Life. Collected in Essayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed, 2nd edition 1612.
  • 1837, Francis Joseph Grund, The Americans, in Their Moral, Social and Political Relations, page 169, Marsh, Capen and Lyon.
  • 1982 July 1, Mr. M. O’Leary, Dáil Éireann, volume 337, Houses of the Oireachtas, Ireland.
  • 2001 November 13, John O'Donoghue, Dáil Éireann, volume 543, Houses of the Oireachtas, Ireland.