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Enough rope

Posted by R. Berg on September 20, 2005

In Reply to: Enough rope posted by Carley Jones on September 19, 2005

: Hi. I was just wondering about the meaning of the phrase 'if you give someone enough rope they will hang themselves with it' I asked my dad why he never encouraged me and he said this to me. In what context did he mean it?, did he want me to be a failure?

He may have thought he was protecting you from taking risks that could lead to failure. That's the only sense I can make of his explanation.