hoist by/with (one's) own petard

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hoist by/with (one's) own petard

To be injured, ruined, or defeated by one's own action, device, or plot that was intended to harm another; to have fallen victim to one's own trap or schemes. (Note: "hoist" in this instance is the simple past-tense of the archaic form of the verb, "hoise.") I tried to get my boss fired by planting drugs on him, but I was hoist by my own petard when the police caught me with them beforehand.
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hoist with one's own petard

Fig. to be harmed or disadvantaged by an action of one's own which was meant to harm someone else. (From a line in Shakespeare's Hamlet.) She intended to murder her brother but was hoist with her own petard when she ate the poisoned food intended for him. The vandals were hoist with their own petard when they tried to make an emergency call from the pay phone they had broken.
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hoist by your own petard

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hoist with your own petard

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If someone is hoist by their own petard or is hoist with their own petard, something they do to get an advantage or to harm someone else results in harm to themselves. You should stop spreading stories about your opponents or, sooner or later, you will be hoist with your own petard. Note: `Petards' were metal balls filled with gunpowder which were used to blow up walls or gates. The gunpowder was lit by a slow-burning fuse, but there was always a danger that the device would explode too soon and `hoist' the person lighting it, that is, blow them up in the air.
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hoist with (or by) your own petard

have your plans to cause trouble for others backfire on you.
The phrase is from Shakespeare's Hamlet: ‘For 'tis the sport to have the enginer Hoist with his own petard’. In former times, a petard was a small bomb made of a metal or wooden box filled with explosive powder, while hoist here is the past participle of the dialect verb hoise , meaning ‘lift or remove’.
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be hoist/hoisted by/with your own peˈtard

(British English) be caught in the trap that you were preparing for another personThis is from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. A petard was a small bomb.
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hoist by your own petard

Hurt by your own misdeed. A petard was a medieval bomb made of a container of gunpowder with a fuse, and to blow open gates during sieges against towns and fortresses. Unreliable, petards often exploded prematurely and sent the person who lit the fuse aloft (the “hoist” image) in one or more pieces. The phrase, which is often misquoted as “hoist on one's own petard,” comes from Hamlet: For 'tis the sport to have the engineer Hoist with his own petard; and ‘t shall go hard But I will delve one yard below their mines And blow them at the moon . . .
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Hoist with his own petard, Yasay reverted to saying he 'did not legally acquire American citizenship, as the basis of the grant of citizenship was 'flawed and defective.'' ('Yasay: I had an American passport but had it returned,' News, 3/7/17).
IRONICALLY, to "hoist with his own petard" sounds like something a bully at a posh prep school might do.
Turns out he was hoist with his own petard (Hamlet, act 3, scene 4).
A professor of mechanics was once pretty much gobsmacked to discover that the phrase "an enginer hoist with his own petard" is not in the First Folio text of Hamlet, indeed that "Hamlet is, or was, not one clear item but an indefinite thing which is in parts of uncertain authenticity." (1) Those of us who are less surprised at this would nevertheless do well to try to retain something of that sense of amazement at what is in fact a unique phenomenon.
DUBYA Bush has been hoist with his own petard following the admissions by al-Qaeda mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of a vast catalogue of terrorist crimes.
Gordon Brown hoist with his own petard! The Chancellor of the Exchequer, who never missed an opportunity during the UK's term at the EU helm to urge his partners to follow the United Kingdom's example on the path to economic success, has himself now been blacklisted by the Commission.
Evidence that petards did sometimes backfire was obviously available to Shakespeare and has come down to us in the modern expression "hoist with his own petard".
Hudson is hoist with his own petard and deservedly so, having written about "the lie that a person's private conduct makes no difference to the execution of their public responsibilities." Since Hudson's responsibilities and associations are very public, he should resign his position at Crisis if he wishes to match his words with his deeds.
'The phrase 'hoist with his own petard' comes to mind.'
Ron Wynn, the pop music critic for the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., was hoist with his own petard when he reviewed a performance of the band Lynch Mob.