hoist by/on/with one's own petard

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of hoist by/on/with one's own petard

:hurt by something that one has done or planned :harmed by one's own trick or scheme
  • a politician who has been hoist by his own petard

Word by Word Definitions

hoist play
  1. : lift, raise

  2. : drink

  3. : to become hoisted : rise

  1. : an act of raising or lifting : an act of hoisting (see 1hoist)

  2. : an apparatus (such as a tackle or a hydraulic lift) for lifting or raising : an apparatus for hoisting (see 1hoist)

  3. : the height of a flag when viewed flying

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself

petard play
  1. : a case containing an explosive to break down a door or gate or breach a wall

  2. : a firework that explodes with a loud report


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