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make a rod for your own back

UK 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.
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Translations of “make a rod for your own back”
in Chinese (Simplified) 自讨苦吃, 自找麻烦, 惹火烧身…
in Chinese (Traditional) 自討苦吃, 自找麻煩, 惹火燒身…
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