give someone enough rope to hang themselves

give someone enough rope to hang themselves

or

give someone just enough rope to hang themselves

If you give someone enough rope to hang themselves or give someone just enough rope to hang themselves, you give them the freedom to do something in the way they want to, because you know that way they are likely to fail. I gave him enough rope to hang himself. I let him make the decision, knowing that it would be the wrong one, and then just watched the chaos that followed. Note: People sometimes use the shorter expression give someone enough rope or give someone just enough rope. I started to wonder if was all part of their great plan — give me just enough rope.
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