To make a difficult situation more complicated due to an angry action


  • It was actually a Latin proverb that emerged in 12th century. In that era, people were obsessed with attractive nose shape. They used to cut their nose to give it a proper shape, thickness and length. But many people failed badly by disfiguring the look of their face. This expression originated from this practice that resulted in more harm. Now this idiom is used in different forms.

Don’t isolate yourself from others because one friend deceived you. Why cut off your nose to spite your face.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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afskær din næse for at trods dit ansigt

Schneiden Sie Ihre Nase ab, um Ihr Gesicht zu ärgern

cortarse la nariz para fastidiar la cara

coupe ton nez pour contrarier ton visage

tagliati il naso per far dispetto alla tua faccia

odciąć nos, aby złościć się w twarz

corte seu nariz para irritar seu rosto

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