Meaning: To insult, dismiss, or show a lack of appreciation to people who have helped you in the past.
My papa always told me to never burn my bridges – you never know when you’ll need someone’s help later on.
Unfortunately, I burned all my bridges after I left that job. Now I can’t get a recommendation.
Even if I don’t like someone, I try not to burn any bridges. Who knows what the future will bring?
Which one is an example of burning one’s bridges?
A. Receiving several emails from an old boss, but never writing back.
B. Going out for coffee with a classmate.
C. Arguing with a store owner about the price of something.
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The correct answer is A. If you don’t respond to someone’s emails, that’s not very considerate – and considering that your boss probably gave you a job in the past, you’re probably burning your bridges. Don’t burn your bridges – or else you’ll have to swim across the river.