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.
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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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So like anyone else would, I cut my nose off to spite my face and now we have matching fidget cubes.
I don't want to cut my nose off to spite my face and as I said, I have got a young family now to think about.
Asked if the stopper will stay in the side he said: "Yes, I'm man enough, I won't cut my nose off to spite my face.
I told him even if he decided against carrying on and then Wales get off to a great start and he changes his mind I'd welcome him back because I won't cut my nose off to spite my face.
My thoughts are - to the team, the supporters and everybody concerned -is that I'm not going to cut my nose off to spite my face, especially in our situation.
I am not going to cut my nose off to spite my face - even though some might say that would improve it," he added in a rare moment of humour.
But Boothroyd, who gave onloan Everton prospect Iain Turner the nod at Millwall last time out, dropped a heavy hint when he repeated his claim that Westwood is 'the best goalkeeper in the division by a long way' and stressed 'I will never cut my nose off to spite my face.
I'm not saying he's an automatic pick - I would never cut my nose off to spite my face.
I cannot cut my nose off to spite my face," Bruce said.
I was fair to Michael and said that if he does well and gets his head down and is in good form I will play him because I didn't want to cut my nose off to spite my face.
I want to havealook at him, and I am not saying I am going to do that to cut my nose off to spite my face.
Michael's got 12 months left on his contract and if he's prepared to get his head down and do the right thing, then I'm not going to cut my nose off to spite my face.
He is an important player for us and I am not going to cut my nose off to spite my face.
Wilson said: "I won't cut my nose off to spite my face, but I don't think he realises the severity of what he has done.