farsi le scarpe

English translation: to shoot oneself in the foot

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Italian term or phrase:farsi le scarpe
English translation:to shoot oneself in the foot
Entered by: Grace Anderson

17:02 Aug 26, 2001
Italian to English translations [Non-PRO]
Italian term or phrase: farsi le scarpe
mi faccio le scarpe
eric
to shoot oneself in the foot
Explanation:
usually is "fare le scarpe a qualcuno" which means, according to the Devoto Italian dictionary, to act against somebody while making a show of friendship.

In the reflexive form, I would say "shoot oneself in the foot," to undermine oneself.

more context would have helped.

regards

paola l m
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nahoist by my own petard
Angela Arnone
nato shoot oneself in the foot
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to shoot oneself in the foot


Explanation:
usually is "fare le scarpe a qualcuno" which means, according to the Devoto Italian dictionary, to act against somebody while making a show of friendship.

In the reflexive form, I would say "shoot oneself in the foot," to undermine oneself.

more context would have helped.

regards

paola l m


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hoist by my own petard


Explanation:
Certainly, as Paola says, it's unusual to refer this proverb to oneself but I use this archaic English experssion too.
Paola's is modern and colloquial: I'm just sticking in my 2 cents worth as I thought it might be of interest for the glossary.
Angela


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