give somebody enough rope

give (someone) enough rope

If you give someone the opportunity to do something wrong or detrimental to themselves, they will usually do it; one does not need to interfere to bring about someone's downfall. The full version is "Give one enough rope, and one will hang oneself." Don't interrupt him with questions. Just let him keep talking and he'll incriminate himself. Give him enough rope and see what happens.
See also: enough, give, rope

give a man enough rope and he will hang himself

proverb If you give people the opportunity to do something wrong or detrimental to themselves, they will usually do it; one does not need to interfere to bring about someone's downfall. Don't interrupt him with questions. Just let him keep talking and he'll incriminate himself. Give a man enough rope and he will hang himself.
See also: and, enough, give, hang, he, himself, man, rope, will
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give somebody enough ˈrope (and he’ll/she’ll ˈhang himself/herself)

(saying) deliberately give somebody enough freedom for them to make a mistake and get into trouble: The question was vague, giving the candidate enough rope to hang herself.
See also: enough, give, rope, somebody
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