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Re: Make a rod for your own back

Posted by Bruce Kahl on April 13, 2001

In Reply to: Make a rod for your own back posted by christine on April 12, 2001

: Someone asked about the meaning of the above phrase. I've done some research but can't find the meaning or etymology. Any help with this would be appreciated as I will have to invent my own meaning for it anytime soon.

Your phrase usually is said as an exhortation or warning as in:

"Dont make a rod for your own back by lying on the job application that you know Excel 'cause your lie will come back to haunt you."

The etymology?
I dont know.