shoot yourself in the foot
Meaning: If you shoot yourself in the foot, you harm yourself in some way by doing something stupid or making a silly mistake.
- Why does Kerry always shoot herself in the foot by saying the wrong thing?
- The Minister of Agriculture shot himself in the foot by saying that farmers couldn't understand economics because they weren't educated. He resigned soon after.
The head of the football association shot himself in the foot
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Contributor: Matt Errey