blow up in one's face

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blow up in one's face

  1. (intransitive, idiomatic) To fail disastrously.
    • 1972, James Whittaker, Albert Trieschman (editors), Children Away from Home: A Sourcebook of Residential Treatment,
      Whether the specific pecking order of the game I let them play today had anything to do with the fact that it blew up in my face after five minutes is a question that can be answered only in empirical terms.
    • 1999, Dena Rosenbloom, Mary Beth Williams and Barbara E. Watkins, Life after trauma: a workbook for healing,
      If I took the risk to speak with my friend and the whole thing blew up in my face, I'd probably feel ashamed and exposed whenever I thought about it for a very, very long time.
    • 2002, Joan Barfoot, Critical injuries, page 118:
      So I wish you luck, but don't come crying to me when it blows up in your face.

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