shoot (oneself) in the foot

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shoot (oneself) in the foot

To damage or impede one's own plans, progress, or actions through foolish actions or words. He'd have a real shot at winning the election if he didn't keep shooting himself in the foot with such inflammatory remarks. I think we shot ourselves in the foot by firing her, because she knew more about the project than anyone else.
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shoot oneself in the foot

Fig. to cause oneself difficulty; to be the author of one's own misfortune. I am a master at shooting myself in the foot. Again, he shot himself in the foot by saying too much to the press.
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shoot oneself in the foot

Foolishly harm one's own cause, as in He really shot himself in the foot, telling the interviewer all about the others who were applying for the job he wanted . This colloquial term alludes to an accidental shooting as opposed to a deliberate one done so as to avoid military service.
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shoot yourself in the foot

COMMON If you shoot yourself in the foot, you do or say something stupid which causes problems for you or harms your chances of success. If I was to insult the contestants I would be shooting myself in the foot. The shop ran a 25 per cent off sale early in December. It now looks as if it shot itself in the foot, attracting people who meant to shop there anyway to do so during the promotion instead.
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shoot yourself in the foot

inadvertently make a situation worse for yourself; demonstrate gross incompetence. informal
1997 Spectator The only thing the Royal Opera seems to have done successfully is shoot itself in the foot.
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shoot yourself in the ˈfoot

(informal) do or say something stupid which is against your own interests: You’d better prepare your argument carefully — you don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot.
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shoot oneself in the foot

tv. to cause oneself difficulty; to be the author of one’s own doom. Again, he shot himself in the foot with his open and honest dealings with the press.
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shoot (oneself) in the foot

To do or say something that inadvertently undermines one's interests.
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We shoot ourselves in the foot. After cutting off our arm, we shoot ourselves in the foot.
He said: "We should protect our English teams a bit more otherwise we shoot ourselves in the foot. The way it's set up is unfair on our teams at the moment.
But we should beware not to shoot ourselves in the foot. As businessman Alun Moore says today, what's the point of investing pounds 2m in his holiday centre if the views are destroyed by mammoth wind turbines?
"We didn't shoot ourselves in the foot this time," said boss Arsene Wenger.
'This is a game we could do with taking points from but what we can't do is shoot ourselves in the foot like we did last week.'