Re: Idiom close to "The pot calling the kettle black"
I don't have an idiom for you but want to make sure you know that your scenario is NOT right for the pot/kettle one. That is used when both have the fault, or at least the person saying the thing believes it's true that the other person has that fault, but the "accuser" seems unaware of the irony of pointing out the fault in the other.
It would be like me complaining that 5jj makes a lot of typos.
I don't think we have a handy idiom for your scenario this in our culture because it's so transparent and should be easy to prove the false nature if the claim. In psychology it's called projection.
The only example is the harmless and amusing attempt to lay blame for passing gas on another when you could retort, "He who smelt it dealt it."
Last edited by Barb_D; 03-Jul-2013 at 13:07.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.