Meaning: create deep trouble for yourself. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: dig yourself into a mound2 of trouble
Rewrite 2: dig a hole under yourself
Rewrite 3: bury yourself in a hole
Rewrite 4: dig a hole and trap yourself inside
Comment: These are disturbing thoughts, but perhaps apropos for the metaphor.
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