the pot calling the kettle black


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the pot calling the kettle black

A situation in which a person accuses someone of or criticizes someone for something that they themselves are guilty of. You're judging me for wearing revealing clothing to a party? That's the pot calling the kettle black, don't you think? The senator accused the newspaper of misrepresenting the facts, which many people have pointed out is the pot calling the kettle black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

pot calling the kettle black, the

Accusing someone of faults that one has oneself, as in Tom's criticizing Dexter for dubious line calls is a case of the pot calling the kettle black, since Tom's about the worst line judge I've ever seen . This expression dates from the days of open-hearth cooking, which blackens practically all the utensils used. [Early 1600s]
See also: calling, kettle, pot

the pot calling the kettle black

If you talk about the pot calling the kettle black, you mean that a person who has accused someone of having a fault has the same fault themselves. His accusations must have sounded like the pot calling the kettle black. Note: People often vary this expression. For the government to speak of press lies is a pot and kettle situation. Note: In the past, both pots and kettles were hung over fires, and would be burned black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

the pot calling the kettle black

someone making criticisms about someone else which could equally well apply to themselves.
1998 Times Yet as Guardian insiders point out, the pot can't call the kettle black. She can't cry foul when subjected to fair and standard competition.
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the ˌpot calling the kettle ˈblack

(saying, informal) used to say that you should not criticize somebody for a fault that you have yourself: ‘You haven’t done any work all morning.’ ‘Neither have you! Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!’When cooking was done over a fire, the smoke made cooking pots turn black.
See also: black, calling, kettle, pot

pot calling the kettle black, the

Accusing a person of faults one has oneself. The term dates from times when most cooking was done over open hearths, where the smoke tended to blacken any kind of utensil being used. The earliest references to this saying in print date from the early seventeenth century. Among the blunter versions is John Clarke’s of 1639: “The pot calls the pan burnt-arse.” A modern and more straightforward equivalent is Look who’s talking, which William Safire believes is derived from the Yiddish kuk nor ver s’ret. In Britain, put as listen who’s talking, it dates from the second half of the twentieth century.
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If the inference is that Saudi's action has heightened tensions with Iran, in fact, this is the pot calling the kettle black when Washington's resolve to slap Tehran with more sanctions over its testing of ballistic missiles is putting the nuclear agreement at risk.
THIS is a question of the pot calling the kettle black.
Is it then a question of the pot calling the kettle black? As we repose faith on the US federal agency to find out more, I am strongly tempted to draw a parallel with the case of Lalit Modi's fallout with the Indian cricket board about five years back.
Hitting back, government spokesman Victoras Papadopoulos said this sounded like the pot calling the kettle black.
It is a case of "the pot calling the kettle black," though, because Gilead has its own share of people with troubled lives, including a strange man who lives in the woods.
Responding to which, Webber posted on his Twitter account, using the old saying about the pot calling the kettle black to suggest Horner was a hypocrite.
Frankly, this is rather a case of the pot calling the kettle black, given the total failure and, at times, very unhelpful and irresponsible Turkish foreign policy in this region.
BIRMINGHAM City Council leader Sir Albert Bore made me think about the phrase 'the pot calling the kettle black' when reading about the investigation into the Trojan Horse mole (Mail, April 24).
Would that not be like the pot calling the kettle black?
It was just the pot calling the kettle black but with Abid Sher Ali coming out lashing in his document waving and shouting style and accusing PTI of everything wrong with our energy sector, it was now also the kettle calling the pot black.
AS a journalist - not the most favourite of professions - it could be considered that this is the pot calling the kettle black ...
"ForF him to be in a job telling people howo tobesafe drivingi is prettyr much the pot calling the kettle black, c really.l I think it's' disgusting.
"For him to be in a job telling people how to be safe driving is pretty much the pot calling the kettle black really.
The darker side of Brazeau's behaviour, such as questioning Chief Theresa Spence over whether she was really on a hunger strike, is a classic example of the pot calling the kettle black.
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Your letter is nothing but Tory propaganda.