verb \ˈhȯiz\

Definition of hoise


play \ˈhȯizd\ or


play \ˈhȯist\;


play \ˈhȯi-ziŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  hoist 1

hoist with one's own petard


hoist by one's own petard

  1. :  victimized or hurt by one's own scheme

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Did You Know?

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.)

Origin and Etymology of hoise

alteration of hysse to hoist, perhaps from Low German hissen

First Known Use: 1509

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capable of being understood in two ways

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