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dig one's own grave

Meaning: If you dig your own grave, you do something unwise that will result in your own failure or downfall in the future.

For example:

  • Anyone who eats too much and doesn't exercise is digging their own grave.

  • Jim lost his job, but he dug his own grave by being late all the time.

Quick Quiz:

I wonder if Mike realises he's digging his own grave by
  1. paying all his taxes
  2. cheating on his taxes
  3. complaining about his taxes

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