June 29, 2006

shoot oneself in the foot

Posted in Idioms at 9:41 am by Feng

shoot oneself in the foot — Foolishly harm one’s own cause [dict]

On the first day of the Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies, an invited speaker delivered a keynote speech on the moral and ethic values a scientist should possess. In particular, she praised the efforts by “Pugwash” — a conference that promotes ethics among scientists. However, one attendee did not quite agree with the speaker. He started his question with: “I am probably shooting myself in the foot here by saying pugwash is not good. …”

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