own worst enemy

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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