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Oxford dictionary definition of the word hostage:
a person seized or held as security for the fulfilment of a condition:
they were held hostage by armed rebels
hostage to fortune
an undertaking or remark seen as unwise because it invites trouble or could prove difficult to live up to:
making objectives explicit is to give a hostage to fortune
Middle English: from Old French, based on late Latin obsidatus ‘the state of being a hostage’ (the earliest sense in English), from Latin obses, obsid- ‘hostage’