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.
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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.
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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]
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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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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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election but it was unexpected that the Americans will dig their own graves and they did so.
He showed her photographs on his mobile phone of hands with fingers cut off and feet with missing toes and told her that he "made people dig their own graves before shooting them" for a living.
They should not dig their own graves with war drumbeats for the preemptive strike against the DPRK but draw a lesson from the bitter defeat they suffered five years ago," the military command spokesman said.
One is directing operation from his hide out in London and another from Canada, who succeeded in getting his followers to wear 'kafan cloths' and dig their own graves to protest against the government in power.
He said the video featured the decapitation of an Iraqi military officer and the execution of a son and his father who were first forced to dig their own graves.
The report stated that crimes against humanity were taking place in the country, following a one-year investigation that included 240 testimonies from North Korean escapees, many of them from prison camps where people were starved to death, tortured due to a "guilt by association" law, and made to dig their own graves.
To me, some people are trying to dig their own graves and no one will remember them because they are traitors.
In the event, women and children were bussed out and their husbands and teenage sons were carted off, forced to dig their own graves and then shot.
Per mitting families to dig their own graves was also considered and ruled out.
Smacks to me of prisoners being made to build their own gallows and dig their own graves.
Instead, soldiers are symbolically left to patch their own wounds, find their own cures, and dig their own graves when trying to prove their claims.
History lesson aside, ``Letters'' is a deeply humane look at the men asked to do something most of us couldn't even begin to understand -- basically, as mentioned at the outset, dig their own graves.
A couple of old men consider their own mortality as they dig their own graves in the cemetery: "Up to the last minute," one of them reflects, "you think you're going to live forever.
It can only be a matter of time before so many UK citizens are stopped from being allowed to dig their own graves and that of so many innocent passive smokers.