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    It does not take much for a man to shoot himself in the foot.

    Hello everybody!

    Does "It does not take much for a man to shoot himself in the foot" convey the meaning that "little is needed for a human to injure himself" or "a little thing may cause a man to injure himself'?

    What do you think?

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    Re: It does not take much for a man to shoot himself in the foot.

    The words "shoot himself/oneself in the foot" can be literal or figurative. The literal meaning is not difficult. See some figurative meanings here: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/...lf+in+the+foot

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    Re: It does not take much for a man to shoot himself in the foot.

    Without further context involving guns and carelessness, I would assume it was meant figuratively.

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    Re: It does not take much for a man to shoot himself in the foot.

    If someone actually shoots himself/herself in the foot, it would simply be an accident at a shooting gallery or a hunting trip (or similar). The phrase is used, in the UK, almost exclusively figuratively.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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