your own worst enemy

your own worst enemy
(your) own worst enemy doing things yourself that prevent you from being liked or successful.

As a young player, Michael was his own worst enemy, arguing with the coach and other players and generally being unpleasant.

Usage notes: sometimes used in the form its own worst enemy, referring to something:

The company has made a number of bad decisions that have made it its own worst enemy.


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  • your own worst enemy — see ↑enemy • • • Main Entry: ↑worst …   Useful english dictionary

  • your own worst enemy — hurt yourself, shoot yourself in the foot    If you use cocaine, you ll be your own worst enemy …   English idioms

  • be your own worst enemy — be (your) own worst enemy if you are your own worst enemy, you do or believe things that prevent you from becoming successful. Unless he learns to be more confident, he ll never get a decent job. He s his own worst enemy …   New idioms dictionary

  • be your own worst enemy — phrase to be the cause of your own problems He’s his own worst enemy – he alienates everyone who wants to help him. Thesaurus: to cause problems for yourselfsynonym Main entry: worst …   Useful english dictionary

  • (be) your own worst enemy — be your ˌown worst ˈenemy idiom to be the cause of your own problems • Her indecisiveness makes her her own worst enemy. Main entry: ↑worstidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • own worst enemy — (your) own worst enemy doing things yourself that prevent you from being liked or successful. As a young player, Michael was his own worst enemy, arguing with the coach and other players and generally being unpleasant. Usage notes: sometimes used …   New idioms dictionary

  • be your own worst enemy — to be the cause of your own problems He s his own worst enemy – he alienates everyone who wants to help him …   English dictionary

  • be own worst enemy — be (your) own worst enemy if you are your own worst enemy, you do or believe things that prevent you from becoming successful. Unless he learns to be more confident, he ll never get a decent job. He s his own worst enemy …   New idioms dictionary

  • cut your own throat — hurt yourself, be your own worst enemy    By overspending, you will cut your own throat …   English idioms

  • enemy — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bitter, deadly, great, implacable, mortal, sworn ▪ biggest, worst ▪ dangerous …   Collocations dictionary

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