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self-fulfilling prophecy

noun [C] uk   us  
something that you cause to happen by saying and expecting that it will happen
Translations of “self-fulfilling prophecy”
in Chinese (Traditional) 會應驗的預言…
in Chinese (Simplified) 会应验的预言…
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