One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inadvertently make a situation worse for oneself.‘the company must stop shooting itself in the foot if it wants to get over its troubles’
- ‘But the days when it was mopping up loans attracting 14% of new lending while watching from the sidelines as its competitors routinely shot themselves in the foot, unable to lend any money at all, have gone.’
- ‘The alphabet organisations shot themselves in the foot because of their greed.’
- ‘We think they have shot themselves in the foot with this.’
- ‘Their season has been riddled with basic errors at the back and once more they shot themselves in the foot when they presented Kildare with a goal to help them to victory.’
- ‘The feedback I have heard has all been negative, so they seem to have shot themselves in the foot.’
- ‘The truth is that cable news executives shot themselves in the foot by surrendering to something that looks and feels like news but isn't really.’
- ‘We shot ourselves in the foot and basically we only have ourselves to blame.’
- ‘In my view, they've already shot themselves in the foot.’
- ‘If the customers don't come with you, then you have shot yourself in the foot.’
- ‘Some Norwegians think the Nobel Peace Prize committee have shot themselves in the foot by awarding it for tree-planting.’
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