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    your blood will be on your own head

    "Remain here!" he commanded. "If you stir one step your blood will be on your own head!" ??

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    Re: your blood will be on your own head

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    "Remain here!" he commanded. "If you stir one step your blood will be on your own head!" ??
    You will be responsible for you own (bloody) fate.
    This is a common logical error made by psychopaths who do not understand the psychology or morality of responsibility.

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    Re: your blood will be on your own head

    Thank you Raymott

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    Your blood will be on your own head

    "Remain here!" he commanded. "If you stir one step your blood will be on your own head!" ??

    What is the meaning of "
    your blood will be on your own head"? Is this a set phrase?
    How will I use it in my own sentence?

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    Re: Your blood will be on your own head

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    "Remain here!" he commanded. "If you stir one step your blood will be on your own head!" ??

    What is the meaning of "
    your blood will be on your own head"? Is this a set phrase?
    How will I use it in my own sentence?
    Didn't you (or someone else) post this exact same question yesterday or the day before?

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    Re: Your blood will be on your own head

    Yes, the meaning is "You are responsible for your own fate."
    But I want to know is it a set expression?
    And how would I use it in my own sentence? Actually I want to know its usage.

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    Re: Your blood will be on your own head

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    Yes, the meaning is "You are responsible for your own fate."
    But I want to know is it a set expression?
    And how would I use it in my own sentence? Actually I want to know its usage.
    It's not the kind of phrase that one would use in normal, everyday writing. The closest thing to it would be "On your own head be it" which, in the UK at least, is fairly common.

    - I'm going to jump off this wall.
    - But it's really high. You'll hurt yourself.
    - I know, but I think I can do it.
    - I think you'll break your leg.
    - Possibly, but I'm going to do it anyway.
    - OK, but on your own head be it.

    Basically, someone has pointed out the risks, the first speaker has decided that he's going to go ahead, even knowing the risks. The second speaker tells him "OK, but whatever happens, it's your own fault".

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    Re: Your blood will be on your own head

    So is it a ornamental use of language "Your blood will be on your own head"?

    I understood your suggestion, but I want to know the origin of the "Your blood will be on your own head", if it is the fugurative use of language.

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    Re: Your blood will be on your own head

    Yes, it's figurative.
    It doesn't have to be "your blood". You can say:
    "The consequences will be on your own head". This means "You will be responsible for the consequences".
    Last edited by Raymott; 25-Apr-2010 at 16:10.

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    Re: your blood will be on your own head

    <<I hope no one minds, but I merged these threads.>>
    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.

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