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English definition of “the pot calling the kettle black”

the pot calling the kettle black

something you say that means people should not criticize someone else for a fault that they have themselves: Elliott accused me of being selfish. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!
(Definition of the pot calling the kettle black from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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