\ ˈhȯiz How to pronounce hoise (audio) \
hoised\ ˈhȯizd How to pronounce hoised (audio) \ or hoist\ ˈhȯist How to pronounce hoist (audio) \; hoising\ ˈhȯi-​ziŋ How to pronounce hoising (audio) \

Definition of hoise

hoist with one's own petard or hoist by one's own petard
: victimized or hurt by one's own scheme

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Did you know? The connection between "hoise" and "hoist" is a bit confusing. The two words are essentially synonymous variants, but "hoist" is far more common. You'll rarely encounter "hoise" in any of its regular forms: "hoise," "hoised," or "hoising." But a variant of its past participle shows up fairly frequently as part of a set expression. And now, here's the confusing part-that variant past participle is "hoist"! The expression is "hoist with (or by) one's own petard," which means "victimized or hurt by one's own scheme." This oft-heard phrase owes its popularity to Shakespeare's Hamlet: "For 'tis the sport to have the engineer hoist with his own petar[d]." (A petard is a medieval explosive. The quote implies that the engineer-the person who sets the explosive device-is blown into the air by the explosion of his own device.)

First Known Use of hoise

1509, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hoise

alteration of hysse to hoist, perhaps from Low German hissen

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“Hoise.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hoise. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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