Definition of “make a rod for your own back” - English Dictionary

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“make a rod for your own back” in British English

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make a rod for your own back

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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.

(Definition of “make a rod for your own back” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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