I am forgetting the idiom thats essentially means that you shouldn't look for solutions from a person who is the cause of your problems.


  • Is there one..?
    – Greybeard
    Jul 23, 2022 at 10:06
  • I am pretty sure there is, as a slang maybe, if not as a common idiom
    – alpheus
    Jul 23, 2022 at 10:08
  • In 60 years of listening, I've never heard of such a thing. Perhaps there should be, but what makes you think there is? Sep 3, 2022 at 0:53

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Distant Yiddish saying:

When you send a cat for butter, you'll eat dry bread.

= Choose your agents of change wisely.


These idioms are not an exact fit, but means the same thing and may serve your purpose.

  • Don't ask the devil for directions.

  • Don't deal with the devil

  • Adding fuel to the fire

  • Making matters worse

  • Baiting the wolf

  • Tempting fate

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