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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But if I had to pick one--listen for those grinding gears--I'd have to say that we have outsmarted ourselves, and have been in the process of doing so since (approximately) the mid-1980s.
So yes, when I say that we outsmarted ourselves, what I mean is that we convinced ourselves that we really did understand what was going on with these drug targets.
"We looked at freeze depressants and temperature control as possibilities but probably outsmarted ourselves," Thurlow said.