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a recipe for disaster

This page is about the idiom a recipe for disaster


Something is a recipe for disaster if it's going to cause trouble or serious problems.

For example

  • Inviting my mother-in-law to stay for a week is a recipe for disaster. I'll end up arguing with her, and then my wife and I will quarrel and then the kids will get upset. It's a bad idea!

  • Eating too much, not exercising enough, and being under stress is a recipe for disaster. You'll end up overweight and you'll probably die young.

Quick Quiz

Which of the following would most people say is a recipe for disaster?

a. educating poor people

b. reducing pollution from factories

c. destroying huge forests
a) educating poor people b) reducing pollution from factories c) destroying huge forests

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Contributor: Matt Errey