cut off one's nose to spite one's face


cut off one's nose to spite one's face
make things worse for oneself because one is angry at someone else

He is cutting off his nose to spite his face. Taking revenge on his neighbor will only cause more problems for himself.


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  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — ► cut off one s nose to spite one s face disadvantage oneself through a wilful attempt to gain an advantage. Main Entry: ↑nose …   English terms dictionary

  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — To injure or disadvantage oneself through an act of revenge or anger towards another • • • Main Entry: ↑nose * * * hurt oneself in the course of trying to hurt another …   Useful english dictionary

  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — idi cut off one s nose to spite one s face, to damage oneself by acting spitefully against another …   From formal English to slang

  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — {v. phr.} To suffer from an action intended originally to harm another person. * /In walking out and leaving his employer in the lurch, John really cut off his nose to spite his face, since no business wanted to hire him afterwards./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — {v. phr.} To suffer from an action intended originally to harm another person. * /In walking out and leaving his employer in the lurch, John really cut off his nose to spite his face, since no business wanted to hire him afterwards./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • cut\ off\ one's\ nose\ to\ spite\ one's\ face — v. phr. To suffer from an action intended originally to harm another person. In walking out and leaving his employer in the lurch, John really cut off his nose to spite his face, since no business wanted to hire him afterwards …   Словарь американских идиом

  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — disadvantage oneself through a wilful attempt to gain an advantage or assert oneself. → nose …   English new terms dictionary

  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — verb To harm oneself as a result of attempting to harm an adversary …   Wiktionary

  • cut off one's nose to spite one's face — v. cause harm to yourself in order to do harm to an adversary …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cut off — 1) PHRASAL VERB If you cut something off, you remove it with a knife or a similar tool. [V P n (not pron)] Mrs Kreutz cut off a generous piece of the meat... [V n P n (not pron)] He cut me off a slice... [V n P …   English dictionary