bite the hand that feeds you

bite the hand that feeds (you)

To scorn or poorly treat those on whom you depend or derive benefit. You might not agree with your parents' rules, but be careful about biting the hand that feeds you, because you owe everything you have to them. In politics, if you bite the hand that feeds, benefactors can very quickly crush your political future.
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bite the hand that feeds you

Show ingratitude, turn against a benefactor. For example, The college gave me a scholarship, so I shouldn't bite the hand that feeds me and criticize its hiring policies . Used about 600 b.c. by the Greek poet Sappho, this metaphor of a dog biting its master was first recorded in English in 1711.
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bite the hand that feeds you

COMMON If someone bites the hand that feeds them, they behave badly towards a person who has helped them or given them money. She is sometimes critical of the film industry, but ultimately she has no intention of biting the hand that feeds her. They pay him eighty thousand pounds a week and there he is, criticizing the manager. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
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bite the hand that feeds you

deliberately hurt or offend a benefactor; act ungratefully.
1994 Warren Farrell The Myth of Male Power When this is combined with the fact that women watch more TV in every time slot, shows can't afford to bite the hand that feeds them.
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bite the hand that ˈfeeds you

be unkind or disloyal to somebody who has been kind or helpful to you, or who pays your wages: When you say such nasty things about the organization, you’re biting the hand that feeds you.
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In an interview with Woman magazine, he added: "Please, if you're going to bite the hand that feeds you, then at least do it in a more intelligent way.
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He would do well to remember an important rule of life and business: "Never bite the hand that feeds you.
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To hate the South is to bite the hand that feeds you.
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Booking agents, don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Here is just a little advice from some-one that's been in the game for 28 years: Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
There is a wise adage: "Don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Better to bite the hand that feeds you than be thought a lapdog.