I seem to recall one having something to do with the "hole you dug" but maybe I made that up.

Either way, I'm interested in any other expressions of this form. And to clarify the expression means basically to deal with the situation you have created for yourself.


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There must be a few sayings which convey what you mean. Three come to mind but the first one seems to fit best:

"you reap what you sow", which means...

  • "everything that happens to you is a result of your own actions" (TFD)

"get a taste of your own medicine" It's also the title of a novel which became a movie and means...

  • a sample of the unpleasantness that one has been giving other people. (TFD)

and "hoist with his own petard" which means...

  • "to be harmed by one's own plan to harm someone else" (Wikipedia)

I've heard "You dug your grave, you can lie in it" before. Kinda grim but similar.

Just a much longer sleep. :)


In Texas, when I was growing up, a somewhat relevant expression was surprisingly popular:

Dance with the one that brung you.

The scenario imagined by this phrase is that you've been invited to a dance by one particular person, but now that you're there you're tempted to dance with other people.

The quotation was originally made famous (I believe) by University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, who was asked whether, for a bowl game at the end of the season, he might open up his team's heavily run-oriented offense by throwing more passes. His answer, to the effect that "I've always believed that you should dance with the one that brung you," was taken to mean that the team had gotten to the bowl game by running the ball on offense, so it should continue that orientation at the bowl game instead of trying something different.

But in much the same sense that its successful running game was the thing that "brung" the Longhorns to the bowl game, that running game was the bed that the team had been making all season long—and now, in the bowl game, for good or for ill, the team was going to lie in it.


"Eating your own dog food" comes to mind

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    I've never heard this: do you have a reference for it? Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 21:56
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    I've never heard of it before, but apparently it's a term used to describe when a company uses it's own product to test and promote the product, and not the same as the idiom that OP is referring to. More info on the "eating your own dog food" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating_your_own_dog_food
    – shaunxer
    Commented Sep 25, 2015 at 23:45
  • Interesting, but completely different.
    – voices
    Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 1:14
  • @Centaurus No problem; glad to help. Commented Sep 26, 2015 at 1:21

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