cut (one's) nose off to spite (one's) face

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cut (one's) nose off to spite (one's) face

To use self-destructive means in an attempt to solve a problem or fix a situation. I know you're mad at your dad, but don't cut your nose off to spite your face—running away is only going to make your life harder.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

cut one's nose off to spite one's face

Prov. to hurt yourself in an attempt to hurt someone else. (Often in the form, "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.") Isaac dropped out of school because he wanted to make his father angry; years later, he realized that he had cut off his nose to spite his face.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

cut off your nose to spite your face

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cut your nose off to spite your face

If someone cuts off their nose to spite their face, or cuts their nose off to spite their face, they do something to punish someone but in doing so harm themselves more than they harm the person they are punishing. The manager would probably like to leave Keane out of the squad but he knows that he'd be cutting his nose off to spite his face in losing a genuinely world-class player. Note: In this expression, `to spite' means to deliberately annoy or upset.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

cut off your nose to spite your face

disadvantage yourself in the course of trying to disadvantage another.
This idea was proverbial for self-defeating malice in both medieval Latin and medieval French, and has been found in English since the mid 16th century.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

cut off your ˈnose to spite your ˈface

(informal) do something, for example because you are angry or proud, that is intended to hurt somebody else but in fact harms you: Keeping your class in after school as a punishment is cutting off your nose to spite your face, because you have to stay with them!This may come from the story of a Viking attack on a monastery. The nuns in the monastery cut off their own noses so that they would not be attractive to their attackers.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

cut off (one's) nose to spite (one's) face

To injure oneself in taking revenge against another.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite
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She said: "As a hard Brexiteer, Ian Paisley seems perfectly happy to cut his nose off to spite his face.
With a top or a bottom-two finish still possible, Lewis cannot afford to cut his nose off to spite his face.
Capello could have cut his nose off to spite his face and called on veteran James but I reckon big Calamity would have taken great pleasure in telling his gaffer where to go.
If one of Warren Gatland's top star players made a decision to move to the Guinness Premiership or the French league, is he going to cut his nose off to spite his face by not picking him?
Southgate is not about to cut his nose off to spite his face.
McLeish will also be without suspended Alex Rae, who kicked Sergei Dadu on the head in the first game,and he is unwilling to cut his nose off to spite his face.