give\ one\ enough\ rope\ and\ he\ will\ hang\ himself

informal
proverb
Give a bad person enough time and freedom to do as he pleases, and he may make a bad mistake or get into trouble and be caught.

Johnny is always stealing and hasn't been caught. But give him enough rope and he'll hang himself.

- Often used in a short form, "give one enough rope".

Mother didn't know who robbed the cookie jar, but she thought she could catch him if she gave him enough rope.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • give one enough rope and he will hang himself — {informal} Give a bad person enough time and freedom to do as he pleases, and he may make a bad mistake or get into trouble and be caught. A proverb. * /Johnny is always stealing and hasn t been caught. But give him enough rope and he ll hang… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • give one enough rope and he will hang himself — {informal} Give a bad person enough time and freedom to do as he pleases, and he may make a bad mistake or get into trouble and be caught. A proverb. * /Johnny is always stealing and hasn t been caught. But give him enough rope and he ll hang… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang — See: GO HANG, GIVE A HANG or CARE A HANG, GIVE ONE ENOUGH ROPE, AND HE WILL HANG HIMSELF, LEAVE HANGING or LEAVE HANGING IN THE AIR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hang — See: go hang, give a hang or care a hang, give one enough rope and he will hang himself, leave hanging or leave hanging in the air …   Словарь американских идиом

  • rope — See: END OF ONE S ROPE, GIVE ONE ENOUGH ROPE AND HE WILL HANG HIMSELF, ON THE ROPES, THE ROPES …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • rope — See: end of one s rope, give one enough rope and he will hang himself, on the ropes, the ropes …   Словарь американских идиом

  • enough — See: GIVE ONE ENOUGH ROPE, AND HE WILL HANG HIMSELF, KNOW ENOUGH TO COME IN OUT OF THE RAIN, LET WELL ENOUGH ALONE, SURE ENOUGH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • enough — See: GIVE ONE ENOUGH ROPE, AND HE WILL HANG HIMSELF, KNOW ENOUGH TO COME IN OUT OF THE RAIN, LET WELL ENOUGH ALONE, SURE ENOUGH …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • enough — See: give one enough rope and he will hang himself, know enough to come in out of the rain, let well enough alone, sure enough …   Словарь американских идиом

  • hang — see hang a thief when he’s young, and he’ll no’ steal when he’s old a creaking door hangs longest give a dog a bad name and hang him every herring must hang by its own gill give a man rope enough and he will hang himself …   Proverbs new dictionary


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