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 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 off your nose to spite your face—running away is only going to make your life harder.
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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The Jambos have cut off their nose to spite their face. They are relying heavily on cash from fans and it doesn't make good business sense to keep an unhappy player and then lose him for nothing.
Did Liverpool cut off their nose to spite their face? Did they drop a clanger?
But he added: "It seems that the Tory-run Vale of Glamorgan Council want to cut off their nose to spite their face.
This is not the case; in fact although they, like most veterans groups, have protested against the unfair criticism of our aircrews' efforts, in no way would they "cut off their nose to spite their face" by discouraging veterans and, indeed, all Canadians from viewing the many other exhibits.
Digidesign have also been smart to not cut off their nose to spite their face by having the MBox play nicely with others as a generic audio recording interface.
They won't cut off their nose to spite their face.''