dig your own grave


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dig (one's) own grave

To do something that has or will have negative consequences that are easily able to be foreseen. If you don't turn in your project, you're digging your own grave. There's no way you'll get a decent grade without it! I'm afraid I'm digging my own grave by turning down the promotion.
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dig your own grave

If you dig your own grave, you create serious problems for yourself by doing something foolish. I don't feel sorry for him — he's dug his own grave as far as I'm concerned.
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dig your own grave

do something foolish which causes you to fail or leads to your downfall.
1995 Colin Bateman Divorcing Jack Then I thought about Patricia again and how much I was missing her and how I'd dug my own grave over the phone.
See also: dig, grave, own

dig your own ˈgrave

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dig a ˈgrave for yourself

do something that will bring harm to yourself: If you give up your job now, you’ll be digging your own grave, because you won’t find it easy to get another one.
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You can dig your own grave sometimes but I haven't done that, so it's great to be in the final.
I could have easily thought it isn't going my way and you can dig your own grave in some respects - but I haven't done that and it is good to be in the final and I amtaking nothing for granted.
The controller is not required to say yes, and they may choose to say no just for the CYA factor of letting you dig your own grave after you smacked terrain you claimed you could avoid.