be (one's) own worst enemy

(redirected from be our own worst enemy)

be (one's) own worst enemy

To do things that complicate one's life and/or keep one from success; to be self-destructive or self-sabotaging. Of course Tommy started skipping school again—he's his own worst enemy. She always sabotages a relationship when it's going really well because she's her own worst enemy.
See also: enemy, own, worst

be your own worst enemy

act contrary to your own interests; be self-destructive.
1993 Richard Lowe & William Shaw Travellers We convinced ourselves that everything was against us but the truth was we were probably our own worst enemies.
See also: enemy, own, worst

be your ˌown worst ˈenemy

be a person who often creates problems or difficulties for himself/herself: He spends all his money on clothes, and then finds that he’s got nothing left to live on — if you ask me, he’s his own worst enemy.
See also: enemy, own, worst
References in periodicals archive ?
For example, no matter how eloquently I speak of women's history and present the example of my own life, my classes appear embarrassed for me when I tell them that I was an "affirmative action hire." I must admit we can be our own worst enemy. The recent exchange on the subject in Academe, the AAUP magazine, makes the arguments of the critic sound like common sense and those of the supporter, pedantic.(8)