bite the hand that feeds one

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bite the hand that feeds one

  1. (idiomatic) to cause harm to a benefactor (especially one that one is dependent on, thus with the idea that this behaviour is self-damaging)
    • 2004, Jay Newton-Small, "The Dems' Tax (and Spend) Dilemma," Time, 15 Nov.:
      And the reality is, for all the talk about lobbying reform, Congress has never been known to bite the hand that feeds it.

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