cut off one's nose to spite one's face

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Definition of cut off one's nose to spite one's face

: to do something that is meant to harm someone else but that also harms the person who does it You can refuse to talk to her if you like, but you're just cutting off your nose to spite your face.

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“Cut off one's nose to spite one's face.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cut%20off%20one's%20nose%20to%20spite%20one's%20face. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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