the pot calling the kettle black


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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
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He was saying things about my team and I said: 'Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.
The old saw about the pot calling the kettle black is not just obsolescent, it is obsolete.
Netanyahu's speech to the UN was the most hilarious example in history of the pot calling the kettle black.
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This is a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.
This really is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
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In a prime example of the pot calling the kettle black, the US and Israel--both nuclear powers--accuse Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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ACF has scoffed at the Federal Governments finger-pointing at the states on the issue of greenhouse gas emissions, saying it's a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black.