sign (one's) own death warrant

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sign (one's) own death warrant

To knowingly do something that will bring one trouble, punishment, or harm (and perhaps literally one's death). If you stay out past curfew again, you know you're signing your own death warrant, right? Testifying against the mob boss is like signing your own death warrant.
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sign one's own death warrant

Fig. to do something (knowingly) that will most likely result in severe trouble. (As if one were ordering one's own execution.) I wouldn't ever gamble a large sum of money. That would be signing my own death warrant. The killer signed his own death warrant when he walked into the police station and gave himself up.
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sign one's own death warrant

Bring about one's own downfall, do oneself irreparable harm, as in In taking his secretary to a risqué nightclub, the parish priest was signing his own death warrant . This expression may refer to acts that ensure someone's later murder, as when, in 1921, the Irish revolutionary leader Michael Collins signed the peace treaty he had negotiated with England and said, "I tell you, I have signed my death warrant." Thirteen months later Collins was assassinated by political opponents. The expression is also used hyperbolically, however, for severe repercussions or punishments. [First half of 1900s] Also see shoot oneself in the foot.
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sign your own death warrant

do something that ensures your own demise or downfall.
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sign your own ˈdeath warrant

do something that results in your own death, defeat or failure: By refusing to play pop music this new radio station is signing its own death warrant.
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Naive, yes, and how many more sons and daughters will sign their own death warrant by joining the Army?
By pursuing their repression from Damascus, they are unable to concentrate their forces; by implementing an Alawite-first scheme, they could sign their own death warrant.
Having resolved to operate outside the scope of civilized conduct, they sign their own death warrants when they pick up the knife or the gun and set out to murder and maim whomever they happen to meet.
Supporting players happily sign their own death warrants by telling anyone who will listen, preferably the stepfather, that they know he is a charlatan and intend to expose him.
Supporting players sign their own death warrants by saying that they intend to expose the charalatan, as each step along the linear plot is telegraphed.