one's own worst enemy

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(one's) own worst enemy

Causing complications to one's life and/or keeping oneself from success; self-destructive or self-sabotaging. Tommy's becoming his own worst enemy, with the way he's been skipping school lately. She always sabotages a relationship when it's going really well because she's her own worst enemy.
See also: enemy, own, worst

*one's own worst enemy

Fig. consistently causing oneself to fail; more harmful to oneself than other people are. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) Ellen: My boss is my enemy. She never says anything good about me. Jane: Ellen, you're your own worst enemy. If you did your job responsibly, your boss would be nicer.
See also: enemy, own, worst
References in classic literature ?
When you were your own worst enemy, your friends came to help you.
But I admit he is often his own worst enemy PAUL GENNEY defence barrister on salter-bromley
You have to be your own best friend as well as your own worst enemy.
During a news conference here on Friday, Aftab Sherpao said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) which is the governing party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was its own worst enemy.
Directed by city-based Philip Pugh, Own Worst Enemy is billed as an "unimaginable tale of an abnormal man and his imaginary foe".
New York, August 13 ( ANI ): Lindsay Lohan has admitted to Oprah Winfrey on her show 'Oprah's Next Chapter' that she is her own worst enemy.
But Lomas said: "Murray can be his own worst enemy by playing on through injury.
Sharapova was her own worst enemy as she committed 66 unforced errors to lose 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-4 in a match that lasted three hours and 21 minutes.
They have done this by refusing to recognize the very real enemy Israel has by painting Israel itself as its own worst enemy.
SERENA WILLIAMS felt she was her own worst enemy as she lost an epic threesetter to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the French Open quarter-finals to dash her hopes of landing a second Roland Garros title.
He said: "I told everyone this horse had no chance due to the form of the stable, and the fact the race only seems to be won by second-season novices - and also because the horse is his own worst enemy "He never runs a bad race and the handicapper doesn't relent.
The setlist ranges from past glories such as Local Boy In The Photograph to a couple of new songs, You're My Star and My Own Worst Enemy.
Highlights include Have A Nice Day, A Thousand Trees and Dakota and two new songs, You're My Star and My Own Worst Enemy.
SHE makes no conversation No effort for response She'll blank you in the doorway Displaying anti-social gloss When you're forced to be around her Awkwardness will arise Depression rules her personality She's missing both her eyes Her own worst enemy is her Pale translucent face Her seedy and progressive smile Lacks emotive trace I know that she has sense of Touch and sight and sound Yet feelings and emotions Are nowhere to be found And when I gaze and watch her As she kicks the wretched air I feel a sense of melancholy Coming from her hair.