riding for a fall

riding for a fall  {adj. phr.}
Behaving in an overconfident way that is likely to lead to trouble; being too sure of yourself; doing something dangerous.
The student who does not study for exams is riding for a fall.
Mr. Smith has borrowed too much money on his home. He is riding for a fall.
Compare: COME A CROPPER (2).
Categories: study {adj. phr.}