dig (one's) own grave

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dig (one's) own grave

To do something that has or will have negative consequences that are easily able to be foreseen. If you don't turn in your project, you're digging your own grave. There's no way you'll get a decent grade without it! I'm afraid I'm digging my own grave by turning down the promotion.
See also: dig, grave, own
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dig one's own grave

Fig. to be responsible for one's own downfall or ruin. If you try to cheat the bank, you will be digging your own grave. Those politicians have dug their own grave with their new tax bill. They won't be reelected.
See also: dig, grave, own
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

dig one's own grave

Seriously harm oneself, cause one's own ruin or downfall. For example, If Sam pursues that course, he'll be digging his own grave. [First half of 1900s]
See also: dig, grave, own
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

dig your own grave

If you dig your own grave, you create serious problems for yourself by doing something foolish. I don't feel sorry for him — he's dug his own grave as far as I'm concerned.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

dig your own grave

do something foolish which causes you to fail or leads to your downfall.
1995 Colin Bateman Divorcing Jack Then I thought about Patricia again and how much I was missing her and how I'd dug my own grave over the phone.
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dig your own ˈgrave

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dig a ˈgrave for yourself

do something that will bring harm to yourself: If you give up your job now, you’ll be digging your own grave, because you won’t find it easy to get another one.
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It said Tomic ordered the wounded Kamencic to crawl on the ground naked and dig her own grave, as well as beating and humiliating the captive.
Up against a player who was making her Grand Slam debut at Roland Garros, Azarenka needed just 55 minutes to move through allowing her opponent to dig her own grave with 29 unforced errors.
A KILLER boyfriend forced his young lover to dig her own grave, then buried her while she was still alive.
Beverley Hughes dumped on her civil servants, and in the end they quite rightly dumped on her by letting her dig her own grave in full public view.
The prosecution accused Tomic of ordering the wounded Kamencic to crawl on the ground naked and dig her own grave, and of beating and humiliating the captive.