1. Is there any idiom expressing the act of doing something you know you will regret immediately after?

  2. Is the word "after" at the end of my first question necessary?

I will be grateful for any help/information you provide.

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    Reluctantly, with a heavy heart, unwillingly, grudgingly, etc. But I doubt there's a word with the specific implication that you know you'll regret it later, as opposed to not wishing to do it now. In the real world if you knew you weren't going to be happy after having done something, you'd already be unhappy about doing it at the time. Unless we consider quirky contexts like getting too drunk, in the sure and certain knowledge that you'll have an awful hangover in the morning. Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 13:32
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    Two related (but not exactly in the meaning I think you suggest) idioms came to mind: digging one's own grave and buyer's remorse. Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 13:37

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The way that I would ask your first question:

Are there any idioms for expressing the idea that you are doing something even though you will immediately regret doing it?

In this situation I might say things like:

I know I'm going to kick myself for this later..

I know I'm going to regret this but..

Here goes nothing. (I think this is probably going to end poorly)

Fuck it, YOLO. (considered vulgar by many)

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