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I'm looking for a word that means something bad could happen. To use it in a sentence: "Throughout my child hood the phrase “Life is about taking chances” was a common thing to say in my household, but what if those chances had really bad _____." I used the word outcome for the blank but that does not fit the sentence.

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  • There's not a way of just adding a word here. '... but what if taking those chances had resulted in really bad outcomes?' would work. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 7 '17 at 16:58
  • Maybe you could rewrite your sentence to read something like this: "Throughout my childhood, the phrase “Life is about taking chances” was bandied about my household, but that saying filled me with foreboding." (That is, with a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc.; presentiment.) – JLG Sep 8 '17 at 2:21
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How about consequences?

Consequence could be a neutral word, but in the right timing, it gives an ominous air of something ill-boding approaching via cause and effect.

As it is, the word consequence has the meaning of the effect of a causation or event or action. It is used often in literature when the dramatic effect necessitates something more negative than an "outcome". In your sentence:

"Throughout my child hood the phrase “Life is about taking chances” was a common thing to say in my household, but what if those chances had really bad consequences?"

You might even step this up a notch by replacing "bad" with "terrible", "gruesome", "unlucky", "unfair", or whatever else strikes a mood.

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