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dig a hole for oneself (or dig oneself into a hole)

Definition of dig a hole for oneself or dig oneself into a hole in English:

Get oneself into an awkward or restrictive situation.
Example sentences
  • We Texans have a saying: ‘When you find you've dug yourself into a hole, the very first thing to do is quit digging.’
  • He said he panicked because he was on probation and told the jury he had dug a hole for himself and that was why he wanted to tell the truth and come clean.
  • And we are further digging ourselves into a hole by endorsing the use of police interrogation methods that experts throughout the world know don't work.
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