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
More example sentences
- 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.
Definition of cut off one's nose to spite one's face in:
- The US English dictionary