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Make a rod for your own back

Posted by R. Berg on April 13, 2001

In Reply to: Make a rod for your own back posted by Bruce Kahl on April 13, 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.

Does it refer to cutting a switch for someone to whip you with?