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sign (one's) own death warrant

To knowingly do something that will bring one trouble. If you stay out past curfew again, you know you're signing your own death warrant, right?
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put out a warrant (on someone)

 and send out a warrant (on someone)
to issue a warrant for the arrest of someone. The police put out a warrant on Max. We sent out a warrant on Lefty "Fingers" Moran at the same time.
See also: out, put, warrant

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 someone's death warrant

COMMON If someone signs another person or organization's death warrant, they cause their ruin or death. The summit in Moscow this week virtually signed the organization's death warrant. It was not too extreme to say that to identify her might be tantamount to signing her death warrant. Note: You can say that a person or organization signs their own death warrant if they behave in a way which causes their own ruin or death. The president persuaded Congress to sign its own death warrant by agreeing to a referendum. The day that he accused the King of murder was the day he signed his own death warrant, and he knew it. Note: A death warrant is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. The plan is seen by all sides as a death warrant for the state. His signal had been innocuous enough, but it would become his death warrant as soon as Pemberton was interrogated. Note: A death warrant is an official document which orders that someone is to be executed as a punishment for a crime.
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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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References in classic literature ?
The sum of what has been here advanced and proved is, that the charge against the convention of exceeding their powers, except in one instance little urged by the objectors, has no foundation to support it; that if they had exceeded their powers, they were not only warranted, but required, as the confidential servants of their country, by the circumstances in which they were placed, to exercise the liberty which they assume; and that finally, if they had violated both their powers and their obligations, in proposing a Constitution, this ought nevertheless to be embraced, if it be calculated to accomplish the views and happiness of the people of America.
In that look of hers there was the pardonable curiosity of the mistress of the house confronted with a guest dropped down upon her from the skies and innumerable doubts, certainly warranted by the state of my clothes, by my youth and my expression, all singularly at variance; there was all the disdain of the adored mistress, in whose eyes all men save one are as nothing; there were involuntary tremors and alarms; and, above all, the thought that it was tiresome to have an unexpected guest just now, when, no doubt, she had been scheming to enjoy full solitude for her love.
He did not even have to argue the point that she would be much happier amidst the luxuries of a London apartment, fortified as she would be by both his love and his bank account, than lawfully wed to such a one as her social position warranted.
If you will permit me, I shall be happy to show you my picture gallery, composed entirely of works by the ancient masters -- warranted as such.
Nothing warranted me to answer him otherwise; he was polite to me and I was so to him.
And the sense of security, even the most warranted, is a bad councillor.