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the pot calling the kettle black

A situation in which a person accuses someone of or criticizes someone for something that they themselves are guilty of. You're judging me for wearing revealing clothing to a party? That's the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think? The senator accused the newspaper of misrepresenting the facts, which many people have pointed out is the pot calling the kettle black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

pot calling the kettle black, the

Accusing someone of faults that one has oneself, as in Tom's criticizing Dexter for dubious line calls is a case of the pot calling the kettle black, since Tom's about the worst line judge I've ever seen . This expression dates from the days of open-hearth cooking, which blackens practically all the utensils used. [Early 1600s]
See also: calling, kettle, pot

the pot calling the kettle black

If you talk about the pot calling the kettle black, you mean that a person who has accused someone of having a fault has the same fault themselves. His accusations must have sounded like the pot calling the kettle black. Note: People often vary this expression. For the government to speak of press lies is a pot and kettle situation. Note: In the past, both pots and kettles were hung over fires, and would be burned black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

the pot calling the kettle black

someone making criticisms about someone else which could equally well apply to themselves.
1998 Times Yet as Guardian insiders point out, the pot can't call the kettle black. She can't cry foul when subjected to fair and standard competition.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

the ˌpot calling the kettle ˈblack

(saying, informal) used to say that you should not criticize somebody for a fault that you have yourself: ‘You haven’t done any work all morning.’ ‘Neither have you! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!’When cooking was done over a fire, the smoke made cooking pots turn black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot
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I'm amazed that this comes from the minister for equal opportunities, it's really the pot calling the kettle black," the Telegraph quoted Mussolini as saying.
He was saying things about my team and I said: 'Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
But last night Scott, whose family is from Acocks Green, Birmingham, said: "Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
This really is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
The blubbering one likened Andy Goram to Moby, the unfortunate sperm whale, and as the pot calling the kettle black, said it was high time - and tide - Goram reappeared for training.
The verdict may sound like the pot calling the kettle black as the BCCI is rocking under the spot-fixing scandal that hit the IPL last season.
Greg Watson, Irvine, emailed: "The comments from Stokes are yet another case of the pot calling the kettle black.
I think that's the pot calling the kettle black, Mr O'Neill.
This is a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.
He looked shocked but everyone nearby was laughing as it was definitely a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
Goossen also said that Margarito (33-4, 24 KOs) calling anyone scared is like the pot calling the kettle black.
This region was quite happy to throw money at Teichmann and Montgomery, whether this kind of investment had an adverse effect on their balance sheet only that board knows, it seems to me a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
It seems a bit like the pot calling the kettle black.
They call anti bloods port protesters thugs and criminals which is the pot calling the kettle black,for this is just what they will be if they flout the law and end up in jail.