Meaning of “shoot yourself in the foot” in the English Dictionary

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"shoot yourself in the foot" in British English

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shoot yourself in the foot

to do something without intending to which spoils a situation for yourself

(Definition of “shoot yourself in the foot” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"shoot yourself in the foot" in American English

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shoot yourself in the foot

to do or say something that causes problems for you:

I think you might be shooting yourself in the foot if you don't take his offer.

(Definition of “shoot yourself in the foot” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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