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an own goal

1. In sports, a goal that a player accidentally scores for the opposing team. I can't believe we lost the championship because of an own goal. I was trying to get the puck out of our zone, but I scored an own goal—how mortifying!
2. An action pursued because it seems beneficial but that ultimately has a detrimental effect. Sheila's speech was supposed to win her more supporters, but it became an own goal once she started ranting off-topic. The law seemed promising, but it has generated such strong opposition that it's become an own goal for the president.
See also: goal, own

an own goal

BRITISH
COMMON An own goal is a course of action which is intended to bring you an advantage and which instead causes a problem for you. It was a classic own goal by the fashion house. They brought their prices down to attract more customers but lost the high-end customers that they already had. Note: In sports such as football and hockey, if someone scores an own goal, they accidentally score a goal for the team they are playing against by knocking the ball into their own net.
See also: goal, own
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All of the own goals have come because we've put a ball into a good area and we've got to continue to do that.
One final Liverpool counter-attack in the 95th minute ended with Caulker putting through his own goal to give Liverpool all three points.
While Seamus Coleman's unwitting diversion which gave Diego Costa such satisfaction last weekend meant that no team has scored more own goals in Premier League history than Everton - 44 if you're counting.
The person who decided Stevie's shot was an own goal should be sacked.
Craigan can console himself with the fact he is still some way off the record number of own goals scored in a single game, played in Madagascar a decade ago.
There seem to have been more own goals than ever this season and there was a delightful touch of symmetry about one of Notts County''s goals at Dagenham & Redbridge recently.
But Knight rejects suggestions that Villa have benefited from a huge slice of fortune and puts the own goals down to the dangerous deliveries of Ashley Young and James Milner.
The visitors had the better of the opening 45 minutes and led at the interval courtesy of an own goal from Stockport skipper Michael Raynes.
Liverpool's first goal against Boro has not been credited to Jamie Carragher and is now a Pogatetz own goal.
IN the Premier League, roughly three goals out of every 100 are credited as own goals.
Findings revealed positive perceptions of goal setting on classroom performance in the initial stages of learning as students perceived they achieved better academically when they set their own goals but they exerted less effort in achieving their own goals versus those set by their teachers.
ROSE struggled for long spells but still ran out easy winners with the help of two own goals.
But just to show how swell everything has been going for the Galaxy offensively, Burn defender Steve Jolley knocked in two own goals seven minutes apart - and they made a huge difference in Los Angeles' 4-1 victory in front of 18,460 at Home Depot Center.
Rory Mcgrath's Own Goals And Gaffs: The Premiership - Video Vision Ltd, DVD and VHS
Meanwhile, returning to Wearside briefly, in an incredible passage of play in 2003, Sunderland scored three own goals in seven minutes in a 3-1 home defeat by Charlton.