outsmart (one)self

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outsmart (one)self

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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The Ducks outsmarted themselves, and they paid the price.
Lyon also found an ally in Dravid, who believes Australia's selection panel outsmarted themselves by over-analysing the spinner's performance in Chennai, the paper said.
I guess that Pagliuca and Connors -- who are reputed to be pretty smart guys -- may have outsmarted themselves by not offering up some actual cash.
The penny-pinching bean counters who run organisations these days have outsmarted themselves.
As the election approached, however, supporters of the graded schools tax found that they had very possibly outsmarted themselves. The Wilson graded schools law had created an elaborate set of new boundaries for the graded schools district that included some but not all neighborhoods in Wilson township.
DIRECT Line Insurance have outsmarted themselves with their latest TV ad.