bite the hand that feeds you

bite the hand that feeds (you)

To scorn or poorly treat those on whom you depend or derive benefit. You might not agree with your parents' rules, but be careful about biting the hand that feeds you, because you owe everything you have to them. In politics, if you bite the hand that feeds, benefactors can very quickly crush your political future.
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bite the hand that feeds you

Show ingratitude, turn against a benefactor. For example, The college gave me a scholarship, so I shouldn't bite the hand that feeds me and criticize its hiring policies . Used about 600 b.c. by the Greek poet Sappho, this metaphor of a dog biting its master was first recorded in English in 1711.
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bite the hand that feeds you

COMMON If someone bites the hand that feeds them, they behave badly towards a person who has helped them or given them money. She is sometimes critical of the film industry, but ultimately she has no intention of biting the hand that feeds her. They pay him eighty thousand pounds a week and there he is, criticizing the manager. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
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bite the hand that feeds you

deliberately hurt or offend a benefactor; act ungratefully.
1994 Warren Farrell The Myth of Male Power When this is combined with the fact that women watch more TV in every time slot, shows can't afford to bite the hand that feeds them.
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bite the hand that ˈfeeds you

be unkind or disloyal to somebody who has been kind or helpful to you, or who pays your wages: When you say such nasty things about the organization, you’re biting the hand that feeds you.
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bite the hand that feeds you, to

To show ingratitude; to turn against those who have helped you. The metaphor of a dog biting the master or mistress who fills its bowl is very old. It was especially popular in the eighteenth century; for example, the Irish statesman Edmund Burke wrote, “And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them” (1790). Two centuries later, a physicist who insisted on anonymity said, “Nobel laureates don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them” and hence are reluctant to criticize the award system (New York Times, Oct. 17, 1989).
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As for those foreign students who have been lucky enough to find refuge here, is this any way to repay our generosity, you should not bite the hand that feeds you. As for the British students involved in this cowardly activity, they should be ashamed of themselves for behaving in such a disrespectful manner.
In an interview with Woman magazine, he added: "Please, if you're going to bite the hand that feeds you, then at least do it in a more intelligent way."
Be careful you don't bite the hand that feeds you.--Mike Luther
"You don't bite the hand that feeds you and that's what they have done."
FATPUNTER Heed the old saying My advice to William Haggas relating to not running horses at Redcar due to prize-money issues would be to take note of the old saying: don't bite the hand that feeds you. Punters, bookmakers and racecourses are finding it tough, unlike the owner, trainer and jockey's car park at Bath which resembled an up market car showroom.
He would do well to remember an important rule of life and business: "Never bite the hand that feeds you."
5) Florent Malouda: Don't bite the hand that feeds you. This week he lambasted his club Chelsea, including the line: "The people at Chelsea don't control what the players eat." Is that directed at a certain rotund England midfielder then?
Cannon should take heed of the old axiom, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you."
I do not like the 'don't bite the hand that feeds you argument', Cardiff are only allowing us to play their development players as it suits them to keep the youngsters match fit in case one of their overseas stars is injured.
Booking agents, don't bite the hand that feeds you.
Here is just a little advice from some-one that's been in the game for 28 years: Don't bite the hand that feeds you. God bless, OJ.
Do not bite the hand that feeds you, it could be your demise.
Piers: "Do you think EastEnders is as real as it used to be?" June: "You don't bite the hand that feeds you."
To hate the South is to bite the hand that feeds you.