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Disadvantage oneself through a wilful attempt to gain an advantage or assert oneself.‘by cutting Third World aid to reduce public spending, the government would be cutting off its nose to spite its face’
- ‘If they go on strike, they're simply cutting off their nose to spite their face.’
- ‘Losing the latter to gain some of the former is truly cutting off your nose to spite your face.’
- ‘It is a case of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face, defending one's thesis at the cost of the matter under investigation.’
- ‘Does sticking to your guns means cutting off your nose to spite your face?’
- ‘It seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face, but the program is designed so the burning of a forest fire near a residence or a community would be less intense.’
- ‘To use this referendum to do so would be to cut off our nose to spite our face.’
- ‘People may say that is cutting off your nose to spite your face, but I know many who are thinking about not going any more.’
- ‘I wasn't here when the decision to play a part was taken but I fully concur with it, because to do otherwise would be to cut off one's nose to spite one's face.’
- ‘I may have cut off my nose to spite my face, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens now.’
- ‘After all, he might have just the player I need on his books and I'd be cutting off my nose to spite my face if I wasn't able to conduct business.’
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