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

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

To seek retribution against someone else in a manner that is ultimately harmful or disadvantageous to oneself. He fired Tom for criticizing his managerial skills, but Tom accounts for nearly 75% of his branch's quarterly sales, so all he's really done is cut off his nose to spite his face. I know you're mad at your parents, but running away is only going to make your own life harder. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.
See also: cut, face, nose, off, spite

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

Injure oneself out of pique. For example, Staying home because Meg was invited first is cutting off your nose to spite your face . Similar hyperboles appeared in several Latin proverbs; in English the expression was first recorded in 1561.
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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Aiken Promotions said the country star was sticking to his principles but it seems he has cut off his nose to spite his face.
He cut off his nose to spite his face by refusing to play for Scotland.
The small child will not remove his sunglasses and is banging into everything; the gran, despite needing a walking frame, wants to scale Richmond's market square; the dad has heart set on finding a farmer's market (I fear his ambition will see us up to our eyes in mud in a cow pen somewhere); the oldest son is sulking and will no doubt continue to cut off his nose to spite his face; the aunt wants to chill out, an impossible task when she is also the family peacekeeper; Mr Bruce has rekindled his pyromania and is on a quest for logs and I will just be happy if I can find a Starbucks.
With Yakubu and Vaughan out for the remainder of the campaign, Moyes would not cut off his nose to spite his face, and that's why Anichebe will continue to be in and around the squad until the final game of the season in May.
Will he cut off his nose to spite his face taking the hard line?
Until recently, Rooney was a tortured genius who always seemed destined to cut off his nose to spite his face.
'By not including me he has cut off his nose to spite his face and I'm devastated that I will not be able to wear that Welsh shirt again.
At some point between then and now he began to realise he'd shot himself in the foot; cut off his nose to spite his face, or, as they say even more graphically in Wales, "reeelly pissed in 'is chips this time".
It's the classic case of club v country but I'd hate to see Glenn cut off his nose to spite his face and we now need commonsense from both sides.
Short-sighted Cameron cut off his nose to spite his face.