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

idiom (1)

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

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: 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.

cut (someone) to the quick

idiom (2)

Definition of cut (someone) to the quick (Entry 2 of 5)

: to make (someone) very upset Her harsh words cut him to the quick.

cut to size/length

idiom (3)

Definition of cut to size/length (Entry 3 of 5)

: cut so that it is the proper size/length The wood is already cut to size/length.

cut to the bone

idiom (4)

Definition of cut to the bone (Entry 4 of 5)

: reduced to the lowest possible amount The company's expenses had been cut to the bone.

cut to the quick

idiom (5)

Definition of cut to the quick (Entry 5 of 5)

: very hurt She was cut to the quick by their insults.

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“Cut off one's nose to spite one's face.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cut%20to. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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