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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References in classic literature ?
Three of the comrades had dug their own graves and been shot into them.
In their greed to get their senators elected, they have dug their own grave," he declared.
I warn the PPP in their greed to get their senators elected, they have dug their own grave," he declared.
The PQ dug their own grave, not so differently than the social-liberals in Europe.
And Kohli, who himself brought up triple figures with a classy 107, claims the tourists dug their own grave by not picking a second spinner to support Nathan Lyon on a wicket that looks more like centre court at Roland Garros than a cricket strip.
I also think that because of their deal with the Tories, the Lib-Dems have dug their own grave and they will surely be wiped off the political map when the next general elections take place (the sooner the better).
Overconfident and clearly with no bigger plan than to flex their muscles, the Algerians dug their own grave in a game that proved beyond a doubt that with adequate resources, dedication and a healthy dose of good-old-fashioned sportsmanship and good manners, Egyptians can excel at anything we endeavor to achieve.
The suspect played a role in the 'Erntefest' (Harvest Festival) executions on Nov 3, 1943, in which at least 17,000 deported Jewish prisoners were shot dead after having dug their own graves, the prosecutor's statement said.
They've dug their own graves by rushing into buying something in the US at too high a price and then ending up in trouble.
TWO cemetery workers almost dug their own graves when they hit a hand grenade and shells in a plot.