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  • Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

  • I shouldn't do that. I'd just shoot myself in the foot.

  • I shouldn't do that. I'd just shoot myself in the foot.

  • Huh!?

  • What does that mean? 'Shoot myself in the foot.'

  • 'Shoot' means to fire a gun, right?

  • And 'foot' is at the end of your leg, right?

  • But I don't see a gun. I didn't shoot anything.

  • 'Shoot yourself in the foot' means to make a situation worse for yourself.

  • You spoil the situation for yourself.

  • So in the intro, I said that I shouldn't do that, I'd just shoot myself in the foot.

  • Does this mean I am making the situation better or worse?

  • It means I'm making the situation much worse.

  • Another example could be: 'If you don't take his offer, you're shooting yourself in the foot.'

  • 'If you don't take his offer, you're shooting yourself in the foot.'

  • So if he doesn't take the offer, is his situation getting better or worse?

  • It is getting worse. It will get worse.

  • So, try this idiom with your friends, and if they don't know it, you can teach them.

Hey guys, it's Shane from English Understood here.

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English Idioms: Shoot Yourself In The Foot (With Examples)

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