hoist by/on/with one's own petard

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

  1. :  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

hoistplay
  1. :  lift, raise

    :  to raise into position by or as if by means of tackle

    :  drink

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

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

    :  the height of a flag when viewed flying

  1. : used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. :  to have or hold as property :  possess

    :  to have power or mastery over

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

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

    :  a firework that explodes with a loud report


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up hoist by/on/with one's own petard? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

sad or melancholy

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!