cut off your nose to spite your face

Cut off your nose to spite your face
If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.

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  • Cutting off the nose to spite the face — is an expression used to describe a needlessly self destructive over reaction to a problem: Don t cut off your nose to spite your face is a warning against acting out of pique, or against pursuing revenge in a way that would damage oneself more… …   Wikipedia

  • cut off your nose to spite your face — see ↑nose, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑cut cut off your nose to spite your face see ↑nose, 1 • • • Main Entry: ↑face cut off your nose to spite your face : to do something tha …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut off your nose to spite your face — cut off (your) nose to spite (your) face to do something because you are angry, even if it will cause trouble for you. The next time he treats me like that, I m just going to quit my job. Isn t that a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your… …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut off your nose to spite your face —    If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • Cut off your nose to spite your face —   If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset …   Dictionary of English idioms

  • cut off your nose to spite your face — make your problem worse, hurt yourself because you dislike yourself    If you abuse drugs to forget a problem, you are cutting off your nose to spite your face …   English idioms

  • cut off your nose to spite your face — Meaning Disadvantage yourself in order to do harm to an adversary. Origin Proverbial …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • cut off your nose to spite face — cut off (your) nose to spite (your) face to do something because you are angry, even if it will cause trouble for you. The next time he treats me like that, I m just going to quit my job. Isn t that a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your… …   New idioms dictionary

  • don’t cut off your nose to spite your face — A warning against spiteful revenge which results in one’s own hurt or loss. The metaphorical phrase to cut off one’s nose to spite one’s face is very frequently found. Cf. medieval L. male ulciscitur dedecus sibi illatum, qui amputat nasum suum,… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • cut off nose to spite your face — cut off (your) nose to spite (your) face to do something because you are angry, even if it will cause trouble for you. The next time he treats me like that, I m just going to quit my job. Isn t that a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your… …   New idioms dictionary


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