Hostages to fortune

Hostages to fortune
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  • hostages to fortune — 1. The people or things one values most (from Bacon s essay Of Marriage and Single Life) 2. Hence, things of which the loss would be particularly painful 3. (in sing) a remark that might expose one to attack in the future • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • fortune — noun 1 MONEY (C) a very large amount of money: He inherited his fortune from his father. | cost/spend/be worth a fortune: They must have spent a fortune on that house. | a small fortune (=a lot of money): She won a small fortune on the horses. |… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • give a hostage to fortune — formal, formal if something gives a hostage to fortune, it may cause problems in the future. She could never be president because her journalistic work gives too many hostages to fortune …   New idioms dictionary

  • give hostage to fortune — verb To take an action or make a statement that is risky because it could cause you trouble later. , He was very cautious with his words and gave no hostages to fortune …   Wiktionary

  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon — British novelist (1835–1915) Mary Elizabeth Braddon (4 October 1835 – 4 February 1915) was a British Victorian era popular novelist. She is best known for her 1862 sensation novel Lady Audley s Secret. Contents 1 Life …   Wikipedia

  • Hostage — Hos tage, n. [OE. hostage, OF. hostage, ostage, F. [^o]tage, LL. hostaticus, ostaticum, for hospitaticum, fr. L. hospes guest, host. The first meaning is, the state of a guest, hospitality; hence, the state of a hostage (treated as a guest); and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ireland — Irelander, n. /uyeur leuhnd/, n. 1. John, 1838 1918, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman and social reformer, born in Ireland: archbishop of St. Paul, Minn., 1888 1918. 2. Also called Emerald Isle. Latin, Hibernia. a large western island of the British …   Universalium

  • Mary Elizabeth Braddon — William Powell Frith, 1865 Mary Elizabeth Braddon (* 4. Oktober 1837 in London; † 4. Februar 1915 in Richmond upon Thames) war eine englische Schriftstellerin …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • 1875 in literature — The year 1875 in literature involved some significant new books.Events* *American poet and short story writer Edgar Allan Poe is reburied in Westminster Hall and Burying Ground on October 1, 1875 with a larger memorial marker. Some controversy… …   Wikipedia


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