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    Make a rod for your own back.

    I wonder whether "make a rod for your own back" means that you weren't aware of the consequence/consequences of what you've done or sometimes can be meant that you asked for it,that's why.

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    Re: Make a rod for your own back.

    I honestly have never heard that saying. Do you have a quote where you heard this? I am interested.

    Andrew

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    Re: Make a rod for your own back.

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    I wonder whether "make a rod for your own back" means that you weren't aware of the consequence/consequences of what you've done or sometimes can be meant that you asked for it,that's why.
    "To make a rod for one's own back" is to devise a form of punishment for one's self. To be the cause of one's own misery through one's own actions.

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    Re: Make a rod for your own back.

    Quote Originally Posted by alawton View Post
    I honestly have never heard that saying. Do you have a quote where you heard this? I am interested.

    Andrew
    I've got this idiom from many ordinary English-English Dics like Macmillan , Oxford etc. It's my work to find many new interesting idioms for my article. Look up in the said Dic & you can find it there. Some difficulties occur to me when I've to check whether that idiom is an old-fashioned one.
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    Re: Make a rod for your own back.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "To make a rod for one's own back" is to devise a form of punishment for one's self. To be the cause of one's own misery through one's own actions.
    Thank you, but I'm kind of curious to ask more whether it's involved in the sense of risky to cause trouble when the doer knows the result yet he still do it.

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    Re: Make a rod for your own back.

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    Thank you, but I'm kind of curious to ask more whether it's involved in the sense of risky to cause trouble when the doer knows the result yet he still do it.
    Not necessarily.

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