shoot oneself in the foot
phrasal to act against one's own best interests

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shoot oneself in the foot — ► shoot oneself in the foot informal inadvertently make a situation worse for oneself. Main Entry: ↑shoot …   English terms dictionary

  • shoot oneself in the foot — phrasal : to act against one s own best interests * * * shoot oneself in the foot see under ↑shoot1 • • • Main Entry: ↑foot shoot oneself in the foot (informal) To harm one s own interests by ineptitude • • • Main Entry: ↑shoot * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • shoot oneself in the foot — tv. to cause oneself difficulty; to be the author of one’s own doom. □ I am a master at shooting myself in the foot. □ Again, he shot himself in the foot with his open and honest dealings with the press …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • shoot oneself in the foot — informal inadvertently make a situation worse for oneself. → shoot …   English new terms dictionary

  • shoot oneself in the foot — verb To act against ones own interests; to unintentionally behave self destructively …   Wiktionary

  • List of British words not widely used in the United States — Differences between American and British English American English …   Wikipedia

  • shoot — ► VERB (past and past part. shot) 1) kill or wound (a person or animal) with a bullet or arrow. 2) cause (a gun) to fire. 3) move suddenly and rapidly. 4) direct (a glance, question, or remark) at someone. 5) film or photograph (a scene, film,… …   English terms dictionary

  • shoot — [sho͞ot] vt. shot, shooting [ME shoten < OE sceotan, akin to ON skjōta, Ger schiessen < IE base * (s)keud , to throw, shoot > SHUT, OSlav is kydati, to throw out] 1. a) to move swiftly over, by, across, etc. [to shoot the rapids in a… …   English World dictionary

  • shoot — [c]/ʃut / (say shooht) verb (shot /ʃɒt / (say shot), shooting) –verb (t) 1. to hit, wound, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon. 2. to execute or put to death with a bullet. 3. to send forth (arrows, bullets, etc.) from a bow, firearm …   Australian English dictionary

  • shoot — verb (past and past participle shot) 1》 kill or wound (a person or animal) with a bullet or arrow.     ↘cause (a gun) to fire.     ↘hunt game with a gun.     ↘(shoot someone/thing down) bring down an aircraft or person by shooting. 2》 move… …   English new terms dictionary

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