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don't cut off your nose to spite your face

Don't use self-destructive means to try to solve a problem or fix a situation. I know you're mad at your dad, but don't cut off your nose to spite your face—running away is only going to make your life harder.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

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

Prov. to hurt yourself in an attempt to hurt someone else. (Often in the form, "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.") Isaac dropped out of school because he wanted to make his father angry; years later, he realized that he had cut off his nose to spite his face.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

in spite of someone or something

without regard to someone or something; even though another course had been prescribed; ignoring a warning. In spite of her orders to stay, I left. In spite of the bad weather, I had fun on vacation.
See also: of, spite

out of spite

with the desire to harm someone or something. Jane told some evil gossip about Bill out of spite. That was not an accident! You did it out of spite.
See also: of, out, spite

cut off your nose to spite your face

to hurt yourself in an effort to punish someone else If you stay home because your ex-husband will be at the party, aren't you just cutting off your nose to spite your face?
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

in spite of something

even while recognizing something bad In spite of the problems they’ve faced, they are happy with the life they lead. The drug maker won't change the labeling on its product, in spite of six recent deaths tied to the drug.
Usage notes: used to say that the something bad will not strongly influence you
See also: of, spite

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 face?'
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

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

Injure oneself out of pique. For example, Staying home because Meg was invited first is cutting off your nose to spite your face . Similar hyperboles appeared in several Latin proverbs; in English the expression was first recorded in 1561.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

hell or high water, come

Also, in spite of hell or high water . No matter what difficulty or obstacle, as in I'm going to finish this week, come hell or high water. This colloquial expression, alluding to the destructive forces of hellfire or flood, was first recorded in 1915 but is thought to be older.
See also: come, hell, high

in spite of

Regardless of, in defiance of, as in They kept on in spite of their fears. [c. 1400]
See also: of, spite

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

To injure oneself in taking revenge against another.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

in spite of

Not stopped by; regardless of: They kept going in spite of their fears.
See also: of, spite
References in classic literature ?
This hitch in the mainspring of the domestic machinery had a bad effect upon the whole concern, but Amy's motto was `Nil desperandum', and having made up her mind what to do, she proceeded to do it in spite of all obstacles.
he is quite smitten already, and he is very well worth setting your cap at, I can tell you, in spite of all this tumbling about and spraining of ankles.
In spite of the claims which the enmity of the First Consul gave Monsieur du Bousquier to enter the royalist society of the province, he was not received in the seven or eight families who composed the faubourg Saint-Germain of Alencon, among whom the Chevalier de Valois was welcome.
Du Bousquier's aversion to the Imperial government had thrown him at first into the royalist circles of Alencon, where he remained in spite of the rebuffs he received there; but when, after the first return of the Bourbons, he was still excluded from the prefecture, that mortification inspired him with a hatred as deep as it was secret against the royalists.
The estate was considerably encumbered with debts; creditors turned up on all sides, and the prince, in spite of all advice and entreaty, insisted upon managing all matters of claim himself--which, of course, meant satisfying everybody all round, although half the claims were absolutely fraudulent.
Varia, who used to be always correcting him, never spoke to him now on the subject of his frequent absences, and the whole household was surprised to see Gania, in spite of his depression, on quite friendly terms with his brother.
I will confess to you, dear Mary, that in spite of his extreme youth his departure for the army was a great grief to me.
Certainly, if Raffles had continued alive and susceptible of further treatment when he arrived, and he had then imagined any disobedience to his orders on the part of Bulstrode, he would have made a strict inquiry, and if his conjecture had been verified he would have thrown up the case, in spite of his recent heavy obligation.
Already when he was re-entering the town after that ride taken in the first hours of stinging pain, he was setting his mind on remaining in Middlemarch in spite of the worst that could be done against him.
And mine," said the Man, "draws nearer and nearer in spite of mine.
He was tried, and in spite of the fact that nothing was proved against him, he was condemned to die.
But in spite of the perfection of the machinery, in spite of the ingenuity of the savants entrusted with the use of them, the success of the operation was far from being certain.
When he had made a careful study of this countenance, that, in spite of its resemblance to other human faces, revealed an inner life nowise in harmony with a commonplace exterior, he could not help sharing the doctor's interest in his patient; and the sight of that patient completely changed the current of his thoughts.
They were fond of one another in spite of the difference of their characters and tastes, as friends are fond of one another who have been together in early youth.
But there was such accumulated bitterness and contempt in the young man's heart, that, in spite of all the fastidiousness of youth, he minded his rags least of all in the street.