to cut off your nose to spite your face

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - cut off your nose to spite your face

"to cut off your nose to spite your face"

to cause yourself loss or regret in the process of seeking revenge or attempting to punish someone


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - cut off your nose to spite your face

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  That is four managment training seminars that I have attended now. And in that time three other people have been promoted ahead of me.

Colleague 2:  When is the next management seminar?

Colleague 1:  Who cares! I give up. Looks like a promotion is just not in my future.

Colleague 2:  Not going to the seminars is like cutting off your nose to spite your face. Management won't care. They will just keep promoting other people but you will never be promoted unless you go to the seminars.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - cut off your nose to spite your face

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  I got my invitation to Sue's party the day before yesterday.

Friend 2:  I haven't received an invitation. I hear the party is going to be really good.

Friend 1:  Strange. Our whole group has received their invitations.

Friend 2:  I don't want to go to her stupid party anyways.

Friend 1:  And when the invitation does arrive?

Friend 2:  I'm not going to her stupid party.

Friend 1Cut off your nose to spite your face if you want to. We are all going and we are going to have a lot of fun with or without you.

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to cut off your nose to spite your face - Gerund Form:

Cutting off your nose to spite your face rarely affects others but definitely adversely affects you.

to cut off your nose to spite your face - Examples:

1)  Seems a case of cutting off your nose to spite your face to me- not very smart and a sure way to jump from the ...

2)  ... will also feel the pain of any electoral silliness. Cutting off your nose to spite your face ain't such a great way to effect change, ...

3)  ... to contrast your motivation, which is blatant politicking, cutting off your nose to spite your face in order to get electoral outcomes, selling out a goodly part of ...

4)  I know it feels like cutting off your nose to spite your face but what else would be a sensible response to this media driven madness?

5)  But in doing that, you may also be cutting off your nose to spite your face -- condemning yourself to further years of unhappiness, all for the sake ...

6)  ... you'll simply be missing out. Sometimes, cutting off your nose to spite your face is not the correct course of action.

7)  ... last time Hollywood banned an actor/actress. It is like cutting off your nose to spite your face and I just don't get it.

8)  I believe that it is known as "cutting off your nose to spite your face". Or maybe it is just as you say, antagonism and ...

9)  This would be very much a case of "cutting off your nose to spite your face" and if you expected to subsequently claim on your buildings insurance, ...

10)  You're being a child, Rebecca, and cutting off your nose to spite your face. You're showing your age (or lack of it).

11)  ... and to refrain from punitive action ("cutting off your nose to spite your face").

12)  Nothing exemplifies more the saying? cut off your nose to spite your face? than our government's attempt to damage the reputation of one person ...

13)  Ever hear the expression "cut off your nose to spite your face?" You're hurting yourself and you won't be proving anything.

14)  ... commitment and better ethics. "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.". Be prepared to say sorry. Don't let pride ...

15)  I am glad to hear you prefer to cut off your nose to spite your face. You buy less products and Koch industries will employ less workers to ...

16)  They're cutting off their nose to spite their face if they reduce capacity on a profitable route if the demand is there.

17)  I had the same feeling about the bakery union, cutting off their nose to spite their face. We do have far too many narcissistic ideologues who will continue to ...

18)  Those who encouraged his resignation cut off their nose to spite their face. The headlines and outrage surrounding his affair smacks of sadistic delight at ...

19)  There's never been a shortage of people willing to cut off their nose to spite their face - especially if they believe they can make a mess of someone else.

20)  ... that if the Democrats don't agree, they will cut off their nose to spite their face; they will shut down the country.