own goal

noun

Definition of own goal

1 chiefly British : a goal in soccer, hockey, etc., that a player accidentally scores against his or her own team
2 British : something that one does thinking it will help him or her but that actually causes one harm
  • The workers scored an own goal by demanding such high wages that no one could afford to employ them.

Word by Word Definitions

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

goal play
  1. : the end toward which effort is directed : aim

  2. : an area or object toward which players in various games attempt to advance a ball or puck and usually through or into which it must go to score points

  3. : the act or action of causing a ball or puck to go through or into such a goal


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