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?