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English definition of “make a rod for your own back”

make a rod for your own back

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If you make a rod for your own back, you act in a way that creates more problems for yourself in the future: By giving in to the terrorists' demands, the government will simply be making a rod for its own back.
(Definition of make a rod for your own back from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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