cut off nose to spite face
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Related to cut off nose to spite face: don't cut off your nose to spite your face
cut (one's) nose off to spite (one's) face
To use self-destructive means to try to solve a problem or fix a situation. I know you're mad at your dad, but don't cut off your nose to spite your face—running away is only going to make your life harder.
cut off (one's) nose to spite (one's) face
To injure oneself in taking revenge against another.