Definition of cut off one's nose to spite one's face in English:

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

phrase

  • Hurt oneself in the course of trying to hurt another.

    ‘by cutting Third World aid to reduce public spending, the government would be cutting off its nose to spite its face’
    • ‘Losing the latter to gain some of the former is truly cutting off your nose to spite your face.’
    • ‘People may say that is cutting off your nose to spite your face, but I know many who are thinking about not going any more.’
    • ‘It seems like cutting off your nose to spite your face, but the program is designed so the burning of a forest fire near a residence or a community would be less intense.’
    • ‘Does sticking to your guns means cutting off your nose to spite your face?’
    • ‘If they go on strike, they're simply cutting off their nose to spite their face.’
    • ‘It is a case of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face, defending one's thesis at the cost of the matter under investigation.’
    • ‘After all, he might have just the player I need on his books and I'd be cutting off my nose to spite my face if I wasn't able to conduct business.’
    • ‘To use this referendum to do so would be to cut off our nose to spite our face.’
    • ‘I wasn't here when the decision to play a part was taken but I fully concur with it, because to do otherwise would be to cut off one's nose to spite one's face.’
    • ‘I may have cut off my nose to spite my face, but I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens now.’