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the pot calling the kettle black

A situation in which a person accuses someone of or criticizes someone for something that they themselves are guilty of. You're judging me for wearing revealing clothing to a party? That's the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think? The senator accused the newspaper of misrepresenting the facts, which many people have pointed out is the pot calling the kettle black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

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

the pot calling the kettle black

someone making criticisms about someone else which could equally well apply to themselves.
1998 Times Yet as Guardian insiders point out, the pot can't call the kettle black. She can't cry foul when subjected to fair and standard competition.
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the ˌpot calling the kettle ˈblack

(saying, informal) used to say that you should not criticize somebody for a fault that you have yourself: ‘You haven’t done any work all morning.’ ‘Neither have you! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!’When cooking was done over a fire, the smoke made cooking pots turn black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

pot calling the kettle black, the

Accusing a person of faults one has oneself. The term dates from times when most cooking was done over open hearths, where the smoke tended to blacken any kind of utensil being used. The earliest references to this saying in print date from the early seventeenth century. Among the blunter versions is John Clarke’s of 1639: “The pot calls the pan burnt-arse.” A modern and more straightforward equivalent is Look who’s talking, which William Safire believes is derived from the Yiddish kuk nor ver s’ret. In Britain, put as listen who’s talking, it dates from the second half of the twentieth century.
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But United's threat to report Real to Uefa for possible tapping up smacks somewhat of the pot calling the kettle black.
"This is a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black. He says we're preying on the vulnerable - but that's what the church has been doing for over 2,000 years," fumed Mr Higgins.
More recently, a Sunday paper published a lengthy "open" letter from an ex-boyfriend who claimed she's inconstant, unreliable and an opportunist - a fine example of the pot calling the kettle black.
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Tehran is not heeding a mounting chorus of warnings from its foes in the West and even its friends in Moscow."We won't be bullied," said Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahamdinejad, who denied Iran has nuclear ambitions and insisted his nation had every right under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty to enrich uranium to produce electrical power.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.
"This is just the pot calling the kettle black," he says, arguing that Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also took a trip she didn't fund herself.
Moreover, there is a little bit of the pot calling the kettle black here.
This is a case of the pot calling the kettle black.
She maintains that American criticism of the Taliban's treatment of women is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black" because of supposedly comparable discrimination against women here.
Basically it would be the pot calling the kettle black. I can't really do anything.
It was the pot calling the kettle black," says Vivid Video co-owner Bill Asher with some satisfaction.
This is as ridiculous as the pot calling the kettle black.''
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. The comments were made in August in response to Environment Minister Robert Hill's criticism of the state governments' performance on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
I'm mad, and I don't feel like I'm in a position to do anything because it would be like the pot calling the kettle black.
The pot calling the kettle black, with both sides telling each other to get off their high horses.