One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Do something likely to cause difficulties for oneself later.
- ‘He has said that he would describe himself as a Stalinist if it was not ‘making a rod for my own back’.’
- ‘Before I started it, people said, ‘You're making a rod for your own back with that lot,’ but as a group they were the best people I'd ever worked with.’
- ‘You don't make a rod for your own back when you manage a club like Rangers.’
- ‘The FA have made a rod for their own back with this decision, which could now make the game almost impossible to govern.’
- ‘The manager has probably also made a rod for his own back over his handling of the goalkeeping position.’
- ‘So, what I'm saying here is that by going along with this at all you've made a rod for your own back.’
- ‘But he made a rod for his own back in staying quiet.’
- ‘I wouldn't define it that way because of the pejoratives loaded around it; that would be making a rod for your own back.’
- ‘I think I might have let those expectations get on top of me a little and I've probably made a rod for my own back.’
- ‘He has perhaps made a rod for his own back with his statement that the ‘thousands of youngsters who take part in other sports… need our support and they are going to get it.’’
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