outsmart (oneself)

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outsmart (oneself)

To find oneself negatively impacted by the schemes that one undertook for personal gain. I was so successful in overshadowing my competition that the boss is skeptical that I can work as part of a team. I guess I outsmarted myself!
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It's one of the reasons why it wasn't a case of me trying to outsmart myself. I wanted to make sure our players were going to be comfortable, and if the Americans are comfortable too, so be it."
Yeah, maybe the threat's eyes also, but we covered the "lights in the eyes" and I don't want to outsmart myself. Many people have.