To destroy one's path, connections, reputation, opportunities, etc.

Etymology:

  • Originally in military sense of intentionally cutting off one's own retreat to commit oneself to a course of action, later used primarily to mean “alienate former friends”.
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Even if you are dismissed from a job in the worst way, take care to not burn your bridges with unseemly comments on the way out, since you never know who you will meet again.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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brenne die brücken

brûler ses ponts

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