(Of an action, project, or situation) go drastically wrong with damaging effects to oneself: he never knew when a casual remark to a stranger might blow up in his face
More example sentences
- Last time, you followed all the rules and the situation still blew up in your face.
- Our troops have been placed in an impossible situation by a blundering leadership that laughed off the warning signs and friendly advice for a year until the situation blew up in their face.
- Eventually Dana's situation was going to blow up in her face whether Caysee said anything or not.
Definition of blow up in one's face in:
- The US English dictionary