Definition of cut off one's nose to spite one's face in English:

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cut off one's nose to spite one's face

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
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  • Losing the latter to gain some of the former is truly cutting off your nose to spite your 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.
  • 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.
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