Meaning of “cut off your nose to spite your face” in the English Dictionary

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"cut off your nose to spite your face" in British English

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cut off your nose to spite your face

to do something because you are angry, even if it will cause trouble for you

(Definition of “cut off your nose to spite your face” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cut off your nose to spite your face" in American English

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cut off your nose to spite your face

to cause problems for yourself by trying to punish someone else:

If you stay home because your ex-boyfriend is at the party, aren't you cutting off your nose to spite your face?

(Definition of “cut off your nose to spite your face” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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