Meaning of “the pot calling the kettle black” in the English Dictionary

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"the pot calling the kettle black" in British English

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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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"the pot calling the kettle black" in American English

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the pot calling the kettle black

a situation in which one person criticizes another for a fault the first person also has:

Sean called me a liar – that's the pot calling the kettle black!

(Definition of “the pot calling the kettle black” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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