a rod for your own back

British
something you do that will cause problems for you in the future

Parents who never say no to their children are often creating a rod for their own back.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • (a) rod for your own back — a rod for your own back british phrase something you do that will cause problems for you in the future Parents who never say no to their children are often creating a rod for their own back. Thesaurus: to cause problems for yourselfsynonym… …   Useful english dictionary

  • make a rod for your own back — make a rod for (your) own back British to do something that is likely to cause problems for you in the future. People say that if you let your baby sleep in your bed with you for the first few months, you re just making a rod for your own back …   New idioms dictionary

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  • make a rod for own back — make a rod for (your) own back British to do something that is likely to cause problems for you in the future. People say that if you let your baby sleep in your bed with you for the first few months, you re just making a rod for your own back …   New idioms dictionary

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