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shoot oneself in the foot

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shoot oneself in the foot

verb phrase

To wound or injureoneself by ineptitude; attack wildly and hurt oneself: Ted Turner has taken to shooting himself in the foot/ a situation, Vance writes, ''where we were shooting ourselves in the foot'' (1970s+)


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Idioms and Phrases with shoot oneself in the foot

shoot oneself in the foot

Foolishly harm one's own cause, as in He really shot himself in the foot, telling the interviewer all about the others who were applying for the job he wanted. This colloquial term alludes to an accidental shooting as opposed to a deliberate one done so as to avoid military service.
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